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Friday, July 19th, 2013 at 10:30 am  |  13 responses

OKC Thunder Targeting Mike Miller


Veteran sharpshooter Mike Miller cleared waivers and became a free agent after being amnestied by the Miami Heat, and he could end up with the team he tormented in the 2012 NBA Finals (hitting seven three-pointers off the bench, and scoring 23 points in the series-clinching Game 5.) The OKC Thunder are interested in Miller‘s services, and have emerged as the front-runner to land him. Per the Oklahoman: “A person with knowledge of the situation said Thunder general manager Sam Presti is scheduled to fly to Miami to meet with Miller this week. Because the Thunder’s payroll is pushing up against the $71.7 million tax threshold, Oklahoma City would be able to offer Miller only a minimum contract for roughly $1.4 million. Under normal circumstances, that number might be enough to send the Thunder into tax territory. But a provision in the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement could come into play and save the Thunder some precious cash. If OKC signed Miller to a one-year contract, the league would reimburse the Thunder approximately $515,000. On a minimum contract, only $884,293 of Miller’s deal would then be included in the Thunder’s team salary. That’s the same amount guard DeAndre Liggins is owed and could suggest that Liggins, who is not guaranteed his salary if he doesn’t make the regular season roster, would be replaced by the veteran Miller. Center Daniel Orton, who also is on a non-guaranteed contract, could be released as well. Orton is set to earn roughly $916,000 next season.”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    daniel orton, i never understood why he went first round and what the scouts saw in him

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    He was apart of that Kentucky team that had all that freshmen hype.

  • LakeShow

    7′

  • spit hot fiyah

    so are a lot of other guys that don’t get drafted in the first round though

  • spit hot fiyah

    yeah he was, and some of those guys were extremely good, and orton hardly played, so it was basically assumed that the other guys were slightly more awesome than him and that’s why he didn’t get to play

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Exactly. I remember smh when they drafted him.

  • danpowers

    did drafting height over talent ever turn out to be a good idea?

  • LakeShow

    No, why do you ask?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he was overhyped. that’s all it was.

  • danpowers

    im looking for answers lol. such as “why do some teams still draft height over talent?”

  • KevinWarren

    Potential? Bigs take time but he played well in this years Orlando summer league. Maybe he’s starting to get it.

  • roscoe

    i think miller can give the right team the secret ingredient to getting in bron bron’s head.

    he should play this right?

    ray allen 2.0

  • mtnweekly

    Are the Thunder regularly getting favored by the NBA’s refs? Last year when they played the Denver Nuggets we had so many questionable calls it wasn’t even funny! http://mtnweekly.com/questionable-calls-denver-nuggets-loose

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