2013 NBA Free Agency: Mike Miller signs with Memphis Grizzlies

Kevin C. Cox

With guard-forward Mike Miller heading to Memphis, Oklahoma City Thunder shouldn't feel bad about not signing him.

Mike Miller must have really liked Memphis the first time around because he's heading back there again. Miller’s career in the NBA has been an extensive one.

After being selected fifth overall in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. In 2003, Miller was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies for Drew Gooden and Gordan Giricek on February 19, 2003. Miller would stay in Memphis until 2008, when he found his way, in a trade, to the Minnesota Timberwolves. After one season, Miller made his may, as a free agent, to South Beach to play for the Miami Heat. After being waived under amnesty clause by the Heat, Miller had his choice to sign with any team. Teams that were reportedly interested in the guard-forward were the Denver Nuggets, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and the Grizzlies. Well, it looks like Miller likes Memphis because he reportedly has agreed to play for them, again. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Miller has informed the Grizzlies he's signing with them.

With Oklahoma City Thunder reportedly been the front runners to sign Miller, I don't think that they should be too mad at letting Miller go. Yes, Miller has two NBA titles under his belt, but the guy is getting up there in age (33-years-old to be exact) and he has been hindered with injuries the last couple of years. The last time he played more than 60 games in a season was back in 2008 when he played for the Timberwolves. The Thunder were the favorites to sign Miller, but lost out for reasons that we will continue to explore. Thunder General Manager Sam Presti shouldn't be upset about not signing Miller. Yes, he would be a great addition to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, but the Thunder's core is young and gaining experience. They will need to learn to adapt, just as they always have.

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