MEMPHIS, Tenn. — One of Mike Miller's first calls after the Miami Heat decided to amnesty him was to the Memphis Grizzlies' chief executive officer.
The guard said Tuesday he and Jason Levien had the same idea: "It was a perfect fit and how can we make this work to get back here."
The two got it done. The Grizzlies announced Tuesday morning that they had signed the best 3-point shooter in franchise history as part of their efforts to improve a team coming off its first Western Conference final.
Memphis did not disclose details of the contract.
Miller was introduced at a midday news conference at the FedExForum, where fans and backers joined in welcoming him back to town. Miller drew applause from backers as he walked out with new head coach Dave Joerger and a standing ovation after the event.
We are extraordinarily pleased to welcome Mike Miller back to Memphis," Levien said in a statement announcing the signing. "Mike is a special figure in our community both on and off the court. Mike is an elite 3-point shooter, as Grizzlies fans know firsthand, and we expect his shooting, play-making, hustle and leadership to be a key component in our team competing with the best in the NBA next season."
Miller still holds eight franchise records with the Grizzlies, including 3-point shooting percentage and the most 3s made and attempted. He spent parts of six seasons with the Grizzlies from 2003 through 2008. He helped the Heat win the past two NBA titles, and has shot 41 percent from 3-point range in his 13 NBA seasons.Comment on this story
He will collect more than $12 million in salary from the Heat over the next two seasons.
In his previous tenure with the Grizzlies, Miller averaged 14.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists. He shot 47.7 percent from the field, including 41.5 percent from outside the arc.
The 6-foot-8 guard, will be entering his 14th season after being selected out of Florida by Orlando with the fifth overall pick in the 2000 draft. He earned Rookie of the Year honors in his first season with the Magic and also was voted Sixth Man of the Year while with the Grizzlies.
The theme of Tuesday's announcement was bringing Miller back and the steps to a championship — a different approach from Miller's first stop in Memphis where the goal was simply to make the playoffs.