Just minutes after it was officially announced that the Oklahoma City Thunder had re-signed Derek Fisher to a one-year deal, Marc Stein reported that the Mike Miller would be heading to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Just confirmed: Mike Miller has indeed notified Grizzlies that he’s Memphis-bound
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 24, 2013
The Thunder, along with the Grizzlies, were considered frontrunners for Miller. Thunder GM Sam Presti flew down to Miami last week to meet with Miller, who then visited Oklahoma City later to meet with the team again. Kevin Durant was also said to be leading the recruiting charge of Miller.
The Grizzlies were going hard for Miller too, who played in Memphis from 2003-2008. Miller averaged 4.8 points per game in 59 games for the Miami Heat last season.
Missing out on Miller really isn’t a huge loss for the Thunder. It would have been nice to add him to the roster and he could have come up big for OKC at some point down the road in a playoff series, but overall what he would have added wouldn’t have been too much.
Considering that the Thunder are bringing Fisher back too would have made the rotation pretty crowded in terms of trying to fit Miller in somewhere.
The hope is that signing Fisher won’t squeeze Jeremy Lamb out of any potential minutes next season, although it’s hard to imagine Fisher won’t take at least some of his minutes away. But the Thunder are pretty slim at the wing position with just Kevin Durant, Thabo Sefolosha and DeAndre Liggins in addition to Lamb.