Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/22/13
The Denver Nuggets have emerged as a new suitor at the forefront of the free-agent pursuit of Mike Miller, according to sources close to the process. Sources told ESPN.com that the Nuggets are now getting strong consideration from Miller along with the early frontrunners in the race to sign him: Oklahoma City and Memphis. Miller, according to sources, met face-to-face Friday with new Grizzlies owner Robert Pera and CEO Jason Levien after an earlier sitdown with Thunder general manager Sam Presti. Sources said that Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant and Grizzlies All-Star Marc Gasol have both taken an active role in recruiting Miller, who has received interest from a number of contenders after being released earlier this week by the Miami Heat via the amnesty provision. The Nuggets have joined the hunt, sources said, with the promise of minutes at the wing positions after losing two key performers in that department -- Andre Iguodala and Corey Brewer -- in free agency. Most of the teams pursuing Miller are offering a minimum salary but pitching the opportunity to take on a prominent role as a perimeter specialist on a championship contender. The Houston Rockets, sources said, have also made Miller an offer that the 33-year-old is considering. Despite his role in helping Miami win back-to-back championships, Miller was amnestied Tuesday in a financially motivated move that will save the Heat as much as $17 million on luxury-tax payments next season. They still owe him $12.8 million in salary over the next two seasons. Miller averaged just 4.8 points while shooting 42 percent from 3-point range during the regular season for Miami. But he played a big role for the Heat in the NBA Finals, shooting 61 percent from 3-point range and starting the last four games.
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