Teams in pursuit of NBA free agents Lee, Miller

By Adam Silverstein
July 2, 2010

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Amar’e Stoudamire may be the names being most talked about right now as far as NBA free agency is concerned, but two former Florida Gators products are also highly coveted and being wooed by teams with varying needs throughout the league.

Former New York Knicks forward/center David Lee, who averaged career-highs of 20.2 points and 11.7 rebounds per game in 2009-10, is one of the most prominent second-tier free agents on the market. The Knicks have interest in re-signing Lee, but it appears more likely that he will catch on elsewhere seeing as he does not want to wait and find out whether or not New York hits a home run or strikes out with James.

According to reports, the Boston Celtics were the first team to contact Lee – just after 12:01 a.m. on July 1 – and are pursuing him the strongest. He will also visit with the Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Jersey Nets and Miami Heat.

Also available is former Washington Wizards guard/forward Mike Miller, who posted averages of 10.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game last season. The Los Angeles Lakers are hot after Miller and have already offered him a five-year, $30 million contract. They have given him a deadline of July 6 to accept or decline the offer as the team looks to add one more piece for head coach Phil Jackson‘s final season.

Miller previously spoke with the Knicks – who contacted him just after free agency began – and the Heat; he is said to be very intrigued by the possibility of joining New York if the team acquires one or two marquee stars.

UPDATE: After signing point guard Steve Blake to a four-year, $16 million contract, the Lakers have withdrawn their offer for Miller; however, he is expected to be a person of interest as a complimentary peace for teams that sign the major players in free agency.

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4 Comments

  1. BosGator says:

    Well if Lee comes to the Celtics, at least they’d have a player I could cheer for.

    Also, I’d think the Lakers would be a good situation for Miller, especially if they’re giving him a 5 year contract. Playing on a team with an established star, getting the opportunity to work with a legend of coaching (even if only for a year). If he lands with the Lakers or Heat, it seems like he’ll have a better situation than he’s had for a number of years!

  2. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    Boston or Miami would have much more promise than NY…Boston is going to have to rebuild in a couple of years….Miami would probably be the best fit assuming Wade stays….hopefully Haslem stays as well

  3. UFR Sports says:

    Miller could probably flourish or fade for good under Jackson.

    Wish Miller could have had more than one season with the Zen Master.

    Is there any chance Lee ends up with the Magic?

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