According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, free agent shooting guard Mike Miller is reportedly torn between the Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Free agent process of Mike Miller pushes on, w/ Denver and Cleveland leading stretch run. “He’s legitimately torn,” source in talks says.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 15, 2014
It will be interesting to see what team Miller picks to say the least. The Nuggets put an offer on the table of a three-year deal worth up to $12 million while the Cavaliers offered him a two-year deal worth roughly $5.5 million. Will Miller take the money and play for a Denver Nuggets team that missed the playoffs for the first time since 2003, or will he take a pay-cut and join LeBron James in Cleveland?
Either way you look at it, Miller will get scrutinized for his decision. He will be bashed by many fans for flocking to Cleveland by joining his former teammate in LeBron James where he won two championships and will get the same treatment in doing so by going to Denver — strictly because of the money.
Denver, on paper, looks like a team that can be a legitimate threat in the Western Conference if they can stay healthy. They run two-deep at every position — not to mention adding two, first-round draft picks in Jusuf Nurkic and Gary Harris.
Meanwhile for the Cavaliers, they are an intriguing team and are automatically labeled as a title contender with the addition of LBJ. They have young, rising talent in Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Andrew Wiggins, and Tristan Thompson. I mean, who wouldn’t want to play with LeBron James and all of the young talent they possess? The Cavs also have an easier path in the Eastern Conference to reach the Finals.
You can make a case for either team but the decision for Mike Miller will either come down to the money (Nuggets) or the chance at another title (Cavaliers).