In an effort to save money, the Miami Heat parted ways with three-point specialist, Mike Miller. Although Miller averaged only 4.8 points per game last season, plenty of teams have shown interest in signing him – including the Golden State Warriors.
Miller is a shooting guard, which isn’t a position of need for the Warriors. Still, Miller has shown he can contribute. The Warriors would be foolish to not at least see if he is interested in coming to the Bay Area.
Would Signing Miller be the right move, or should the Warriors focus on finding another big man or point guard? Here are the pros and cons:
- Miller is a great three-point shooter. The Warriors already have Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry, but good shooters can always find a place on a team. Miller would also give the second unit an elite three-point shooting presence.
- Miller won two championships with the Miami Heat. In both finals appearances, Miller hit big shots and was a vital part of the Heat’s success. No one currently on the Warriors’ roster can offer similar experience. If the Warriors are planning on being championship contenders, adding Mike Miller would be a great move.
- Miller isn’t just a three-point shooter. Most people forget that Mike Miller was a great all-around player in his younger days. He was a role player for the Heat, but he can still put up impressive numbers if he needs to. There were a few games last season in which Miller played surprisingly well with guys like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on the bench.
- Miller doesn’t fill one of the Warriors’ needs. Adding another shooter would be nice, but there are other players out there who could do more to help the team. The competition for backup point guard is wide open and the Warriors could use more depth at center/power forward.
- Miller’s age and injury history. Although he is effective when he is on the court, Miller seems to have trouble staying healthy. There are times when he looks like he is barely able to walk. It would be a shame to sign him and then have him sit on the bench because he isn’t healthy enough to play. The Warriors already have enough injury concerns.
- Signing him might stunt the growth of some younger players. The experience Miller brings would be nice, but what about players like Kent Bazemore? He played extremely well in Summer League and he needs more experience playing NBA minutes. Miller’s contract would only last a year or two. Investing in the development of a player with a future seems like the better move.