Mike Miller, who played last year for the Miami Heat, has cleared amnesty waivers and is now an unrestricted free agent. This means that any team other than Miami may sign Miller.
The Heat used their amnesty provision on Miller earlier this week (read more about that here). Miami saved about $17 million dollars in luxury tax by making this move. Miller will still get his $13 million dollars from his contract with the Heat over the next two years though. Once amnestied, NBA teams are able to bid on waivers for Miller. The Cleveland Cavaliers strongly considered this move, but Miller might opt to get surgery this off-season. This caused the Cavaliers to wait and see what Miller decides before offering a contract.
Besides the Cleveland Cavaliers, other teams such as: The San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, and Houston Rockets have interest in signing Miller. Since Miller will still be getting paid by the Heat for the next few years, he might opt to take less money to play for a championship contender. NBA teams might not be willing to give a multi-year contract due to Miller’s history with injuries. He only played an entire NBA season once, and that was his rookie year. At age 33, Miller still has a lot to offer, but is a risk with his injuries.
The Thunder appear to be a front runner to sign Miller as he wants to join a Western Conference contender. Ken Berger Of CBS Sports reports that Miller is already telling friends he’s likely to reach a deal with the Thunder.