The big news surrounding the Oklahoma City Thunder today has been the potential return of Derek Fisher.
Over the past week though, the Thunder have also been pursuing Mike Miller, who was amnestied by the Miami Heat this summer.
The Thunder aren’t the only team after Miller. The Memphis Grizzlies are reportedly the biggest competition on signing Miller while the Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets emerged this weekend as interested parties.
Mike Miller latest: Word is Miller is in OKC as we speak in second face-to-face meeting w/Thunder. Another face-to-face w/Grizz on tap next
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 22, 2013
Visiting with a team for a second time definitely has to say something about how serious Miller and the Thunder are in making this work.
Thunder GM Sam Presti flew down to Miami a few days ago to meet Miller for the first time. Kevin Durant is also apparently helping to lead the charge in wooing Miller.
Miller fitting in well with OKC is a no-brainer. There aren’t a lot of places that a great three-pointer shooter can go where he won’t fit in.
The news of the Thunder possibly re-signing FIsher might make the Miller signing not happen. The Thunder are less than $1 million from the luxury tax and want to avoid it at all costs.
Signing Fisher and Miller both may put the Thunder over the tax.
If I had to choose, I’d go with Miller. I think the Thunder are set at point guard with Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson and don’t need a third one. Miller can be used in some smaller lineups and is a much better outside shooter than Fisher is.