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Mike Miller contract offer from Cavs much less than Nuggets

Mike MillerIf Mike Miller chooses to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Denver Nuggets, he will be leaving a significant amount of guaranteed money on the table.

According to ESPN reporter Jeff Goodman, Miller’s offer from the Cavaliers is two years and about $5.5 million. His offer from Denver reportedly is three years and $12 million.

Earlier in the week week, Chris Broussard reported that Miller was closing in on a deal with the Nuggets. Knowing that Miller was exploring other options, the Memphis Grizzlies decided to sign Vince Carter.

Now it’s up to Miller to decide what to do.

The report about Miller closing on a deal with Denver came out before LeBron James announced he was going to Cleveland. However, other reports indicated that LeBron reached out to Miller and Ray Allen to gauge their interest in joining him on the Cavs if he chose to sign with his old team, so that would mean he was talking with Denver despite knowing LeBron was going to Cleveland.

Miller’s Instagram post during the week seemed to indicate he was interested in teaming with LeBron in Cleveland. If that’s the case, he’ll have to take a pay cut or tell Cleveland to increase their offer.

Chris Andersen, Ray Allen, Mike Miller could join LeBron in Cleveland

LeBron James Ray Allen champagne

LeBron James may be changing scenery for the next several years, but that doesn’t mean he can’t bring the best of Miami with him.

Prior to his announcement that he would be leaving Miami for Cleveland, reports said LeBron was trying to arrange things so Mike Miller and Ray Allen would be able to join him with the Cavs. Not only does that still appear to be the case, but it looks like the Cavs are also interested in Chris Birdman Andersen.

Multiple reporters have mentioned the Cavs are interested in all three players.

Here are some of the reports that focused on Mike Miller:

USA Today NBA reporter Jeff Zillgitt also says Miller has “serious” interest in the Heat.

FOX Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico says the Cavs are trying to get Miller, Allen and Birdman:

Miller was said to be closing in on a deal with the Denver Nuggets during the week, but that was put on hold after LeBron decided to sign with the Cavs. The Grizzlies also told Miller they will not bring him back next season, so he’ll definitely be looking for a new home.

Mike Miller toys with fans by posting LeBron James jersey in Instagram picture

Mike Miller LeBron jersey

Mike Miller has become a central figure in this free agency period because of his connection to LeBron James.

Miller was with the Miami Heat for three seasons, reaching the finals all three years and winning two of them. His name came up Wednesday because a report said LeBron reached out to him about playing together should James choose to leave the Heat.

[Related: Cavs reached out to Ray Allen]

And how did Miller respond? He messed with everyone by posting this picture.

What at first glance looks like Miller just shooting around in his gym actually has a lot more meaning when you notice the LeBron Cavs jersey against the back wall. Now tell me why that was there, especially when reports say he is working on a deal with the Denver Nuggets? Way to mess with the fans, Mike.

Photo: Instagram/Mike Miller

Mike Miller may sue Miami Heat after being defrauded

Mike MillerFormer Miami Heat player Mike Miller is considering suing the team for their role in a scam where he was defrauded.

According to the Miami Herald, Miller was swindled out of $1.7 million by a con man who was posing as a member of a wealthy Pakistani family. Miller says he was introduced to the man by the Heat, who he says endorsed the man. He is seeking repayment of $700,000 the man, Haider Zafar, allegedly stole from him and used to pay for Heat courtside tickets. He is also seeking repayment of attorney’s fees.

Miller’s attorney likely told The Herald he was considering a lawsuit to pressure the team into settling. The two sides reportedly are far apart in their negotiations.

The Herald says Zafar last December agreed to spend $3 million for courtside seats to Heat games over three years but never submitted payment. The Heat’s then executive vice president/sales Stephen Weber had players meet with Zafar to discuss business opportunities, and Weber supposedly vouched for Zafar, telling the players the con man was “the real deal.”

Miller agreed to do business with Zafar and gave him $2 million to invest, but by a few months later he figured out Zafar was a fraud. Zafar gave the Heat a payment of $700,000 for the tickets, and Miller says that was his money.

Miller’s proposed suit says the Heat knew Zafar was using an unofficial identity, being investigated by the IRS and had not paid the team when they set up meetings between him and the players. Zafar is currently imprisoned in Ohio awaiting trial on fraud charges for an unrelated case.

James Jones and Rashard Lewis were also defrauded by Zafar and suffered financial losses, though they have not pursued action with the team.

Miller was released by the Heat over the summer and signed with the Memphis Grizzlies. He played three seasons with the Heat and helped them win two titles.

Mike Miller to sign with Memphis Grizzlies

Mike MillerMike Miller is returning to the Memphis Grizzlies, ESPN’s Marc Stein reports.

Miller became a free agent after the Miami Heat released him via the amnesty provision this month. He drew interest from the Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets, and Oklahoma City Thunder, in addition to the Grizzlies. Memphis and OKC were said to be the leaders for his services, and it looks like he is headed back to Memphis.

Miller played six seasons for the Grizzlies from 2002-2008 and posted the best statistical seasons of his career with them. He spent the past three seasons with the Miami Heat, reaching three NBA Finals and winning two titles.

Miller will still be paid the $12.8 million he was owed by the Heat over the next two seasons. He is still one of the top 3-point shooters in the league, but he has been bothered by numerous injuries — mostly back problems — over the past few years. There is no word yet on the terms of an agreement he will sign with Memphis, but he should give them a strong option as a shooter off the bench.

Mike Miller makes 3-pointer without shoe (Video)

Mike Miller made a clutch shot in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday, and he did it while wearing just one shoe.

The Miami Heat sharpshooter lost his shoe on the previous possession when Tiago Splitter tossed in a layup for the San Antonio Spurs. Someone landed on Miller and gave him a flat tire, and he decided to join the Heat’s offensive possession rather than worry about his shoe. Miller started off at one wing, then ran to the other and drained a three to make it 77-73 San Antonio, forcing a Spurs timeout.

Miller, by the way, was 18-for-21 on 3-pointers in the NBA Finals after draining that shot.

Here’s a closeup look at the shoeless wonder:

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Kawhi Leonard dunks on Mike Miller something nasty (Video)

Kawhi Leonard dunked on Mike Miller something nasty during Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night.

The San Antonio Spurs had a fastbreak midway through the first quarter, and Tony Parker threw a bounce pass to Leonard, who was running the floor up ahead. Miller did his part to try stopping the dunk — hey, they were facing elimination — but his efforts were of little help. Leonard just literally pushed his face aside and completed the monster jam.

Jeff Van Gundy said Leonard took the elevator to the top floor, but we only need one word to describe it: a facial.

Here’s the image for your poster:

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