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Cavs considering making claim on Mike Miller

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 17, 2013
The Cavaliers must decide by this evening whether or not to pursue former Heat player Mike Miller. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

LAS VEGAS: The Cavaliers have internally discussed the possibility of making an amnesty waiver claim on Mike Miller, as Yahoo! Sports reported today, but no decision has been made yet, a league source with knowledge of the discussions confirmed. The deadline to make a claim is 5 p.m. EDT on Thursday.

Miller, waived by the Miami Heat under the league’s amnesty provision, fills the one area the Cavs sorely need, which is another shooter. But he has chronic back problems and is often injured. He has appeared in 193 of a possible 312 games over the last four regular seasons (62 percent) and he is due $6.6 million in 2014-15.

The Miami Heat are responsible for his salary this season and next, but a portion of the Cavs’ waiver claim would carry over to next season’s payroll, and the Cavs have been careful with guarding salary cap space for the summer of 2014. 

Under amnesty waiver claims, teams can make a partial bid on players waived under the amnesty provision. The team with the highest bid wins that player, with the amount of the winning bid dispersed over the remaining years of the deal.

Meanwhile, Bynum is coming to Cleveland today to take a physical. He has yet to sign his contract and the Cavs never scheduled his introductory press conference. It is expected to occur next week.

Should they make a claim on Miller, the Cavs can delay having Bynum actually sign his deal until after they learn whether or not they are awarded Miller. Should they wind up with both Bynum and Miller, the Cavs have three players on non-guaranteed contracts next year in C.J. Miles, Chris Quinn and Kevin Jones. One or more of them would have to be waived to fit Bynum’s salary under the cap.

Miller, 33, shot 42 percent on 3-pointers last season while making big postseason shots in the Heat’s march to a second consecutive championship. He has played for five teams during his 12 years in the NBA.

And, of course, he is a former teammate of LeBron James.

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