The Oklahoma City Thunder has targeted free agent forward Mike Miller.
Miller, 33, has played for Miami the past three seasons, but the Heat waived him Tuesday using the league's amnesty provision. After clearing waivers Thursday afternoon, Miller became an unrestricted free agent.
Multiple reports Thursday said Miller is interested only in joining a championship contender, adding that the Thunder is considered to be the front-runner.
A person with knowledge of the situation said Thunder general manager Sam Presti is scheduled to fly to Miami to meet with Miller this week.
Because the Thunder's payroll is pushing up against the $71.7 million tax threshold, Oklahoma City would be able to offer Miller only a minimum contract for roughly $1.4 million. Under normal circumstances, that number might be enough to send the Thunder into tax territory.
But a provision in the NBA's collective bargaining agreement could come into play and save the Thunder some precious cash.
If OKC signed Miller to a one-year contract, the league would reimburse the Thunder approximately $515,000. On a minimum contract, only $884,293 of Miller's deal would then be included in the Thunder's team salary.
That's the same amount guard DeAndre Liggins is owed and could suggest that Liggins, who is not guaranteed his salary if he doesn't make the regular season roster, would be replaced by the veteran Miller.
Center Daniel Orton, who also is on a non-guaranteed contract, could be released as well. Orton is set to earn roughly $916,000 next season.
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.