Brad Miller a Big Man on Teams' Radars
OK, so the best days are behind Brad Miller, 34. But Miller's agent, Mark Bartelstein, still said about a dozen teams have called about his client.
The four most interesting ones look to be Boston, Denver, Cleveland and Houston. The Celtics really need help inside due to starting center Kendrick Perkins having suffered a serious knee injury in Game 6 of last month's NBA Finals and backup Rasheed Wallace on the verge of retiring.
"If Kendrick Perkins is out and Rasheed Wallace retires, they're going to need someone,'' said Bartelstein, whose client averaged 8.8 points last season for Chicago.
Bartelstein said talks with Denver are serious. The Nuggets are looking for help inside due to big men Kenyon Martin and Chris Andersen recently having undergone knee surgery, and they'd love to have a true center and move Nene from the pivot to his natural position of power forward.
Cleveland certainly needs help inside, with both of the Cavaliers' centers, Shaquille O'Neal and Zydrunas Ilgauskas, being free agents. And the Rockets always have concerns about the health of starting center Yao Ming, who missed all of last season due to a foot injury.
Two other teams Bartelstein has talked to about Miller are Chicago and the Lakers.
Miller was an All-Star in 2003 with Indiana and 2004 with Sacramento. Although his scoring average was his lowest in 11 years, he's still a heady veteran who can keep foes off balance with his ability to hit an outside shot.
It's not the first time the Nuggets have gone after Miller. They offered him a maximum contract in the summer of 2003 before he got a seven-year, $68 million deal in a sign-and-trade between the Pacers and Kings. That deal finally has expired.
Bartelstein also represents New York free-agent forward David Lee. He said teams Lee will be visiting include Chicago, Miami, New Jersey and Minnesota.
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