Though there has been plenty of speculation that Mike Miller wants a deal worth more than the mid-level exception, Miller spoke his mind on the subject yesterday: The MLE is fine by him, as long as it’s in the right situation. (TrueHoop)
Miller has already sat down with the Heat, Clippers and Knicks, three teams with an abundance of salary cap space. Yet he also is amenable to signing for the midlevel exception that starts at $5.9 million in the first year, “because it means I’d be playing with a good team.”
That would include the Cavaliers if LeBron returns. Not only is Miller tight with James he’s also friends with Antawn Jamison, who was traded to Cleveland by the Wizards last season in the post-Gilbert’s Guns breakup of the team. Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant put in a call to Miller at the onset of the free agency period, and Cleveland remains a viable option for him.
The Celtics aren’t mentioned as a team Miller has sat down with, but his name has been thrown out there as a possibile Celt. It’s a good sign he’s willing to play for the mid-level, although it could end up biting the C’s in the ass if Miller signs with the Lakers, Cavs, or any other contender.