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OKC Thunder: Thunder targets free agent Mike Miller

Thunder fans might remember Miller for coming off the bench and scoring 23 points in Miami's series-clinching Game 5 victory over OKC in the 2012 NBA Finals despite his aching back. Miller made seven of his eight 3-pointers in the Heat's 15-point victory.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 18, 2013

/articleid/3863609/1/pictures/2161708">Photo - FILE - In this June 1, 2013, file photo, Miami Heat shooting guard Mike Miller reacts to play against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis. The Heat are designating Miller as their amnesty player, a move that may save more than $30 million in luxury tax payments over the next two years. Miller tells The Associated Press he understands the move, though he's disappointed to leave a championship club. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File) ORG XMIT: NY161
FILE - In this June 1, 2013, file photo, Miami Heat shooting guard Mike Miller reacts to play against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis. The Heat are designating Miller as their amnesty player, a move that may save more than $30 million in luxury tax payments over the next two years. Miller tells The Associated Press he understands the move, though he's disappointed to leave a championship club. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File) ORG XMIT: NY161

The Thunder also could part ways with both Liggins and Orton to make room for Miller and a third point guard. Derek Fisher is widely believed to be returning for a third straight season, and his return would only add additional perimeter shooting along with Miller.

Miller, who is entering his 14th season after being drafted fifth overall out of Florida in 2000, has been plagued by injuries in recent years, most notably bulging disks in his back. The injury caused Miller to miss games in the 2011-12 season, when he appeared in only 39 games, and forced him to consider offseason back surgery in the summer of 2012.

Thunder fans might remember Miller for coming off the bench and scoring 23 points in Miami's series-clinching Game 5 victory over OKC in the 2012 NBA Finals despite his aching back. Miller made seven of eight 3-pointers in the Heat's 15-point victory.

Miller averaged 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 15.3 minutes last season. He made 41.7 percent of his 3-pointers.

For his career, Miller holds averages of 12.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists while shooting 40.6 percent from 3-point range.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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