1 » Former Florida Gators forward Mike Miller, after struggling with his decision for nearly a week, has decided to continue his 15-year career alongside LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers. According to ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard and Jeff Goodman, Miller will sign a two-year deal, $5.5 million with the Cavaliers with a player option after the first season. He chose Cleveland and the ability to chase championships with James over Houston and a better monetary offer from Denver after originally seeking a three-year deal worth $12-15 million. Miller will be joining his sixth NBA team following two stints with the Memphis Grizzlies and one each with Orlando, Minnesota, Washington and Miami. Last season, he averaged 7.1 points in 20.8 minutes per game while shooting 45.9 percent from beyond the arc.
2 » Tuesday started out on a positive note for Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey when the Miami Herald revealed that the NFL is unlikely to discipline him for his role in the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal. Despite the fact that Pouncey is named as one of the primary offenders in the NFL’s investigation, league spokesman Greg Aiello told the paper’s Adam Beasley that there has been “no change in [Pouncey’s] active status [and] we have no information on the subject.” Additionally, Aiello said he does not “anticipate having to address the issue again.
Tuesday evening, however, things took a turn for the worse for Pouncey. Though witnesses say he and twin brother Maurkice Pouncey of the Pittsburgh Steelers were not involved in an alleged assault that took place at a Miami Beach, Florida, club over the weekend, the accusers plan to file a lawsuit against the brothers and will announce the details at 6 p.m. Both Pounceys have been accused by a pair of club patrons – Riquan James, 24, and Niya Pickett, 32 – of assault. In social media postings, the accusers also referenced at least one of the brothers using a slang term for homosexuals prior to the incident.
The following statement was released Tuesday night by the Pounceys’ lawyers:
“Mike and Maurkice were not involved in any altercation with the accuser or anyone else that night and did nothing wrong. It appears that the accuser is an opportunist seeking attention and possible financial gain. Any attempt by the accuser or anyone else to bring an action against them based upon these false allegations will be vigorously defended. If the accuser continues to perpetuate these lies, we will bring an action against him.”
3 » Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes was hoping to escape his NBA suspension for use of performance enhancing drugs while raking in a cool $7.5 million by getting out of his contract with Memphis and heading back to Greece to play for Panathinaikos on a three-year deal. However, the Grizzlies are the one with a team option on Calathes’s contract and look poised to exercise it as the franchise has not been able to “acquire what it felt would be [an] upgrade on Calathes to accommodate him,” according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Memphis must decide by midnight whether to guarantee the $816,482 of Calathes’s deal. Last season, serving as a backup point guard for the Grizzlies, Calathes averaged 4.9 points and 2.9 assist sin 16.5 minutes per game. When he was given the opportunity to start during an eight-game stretch from Feb. 1-18, he posted 13.0 points and 4.9 assists per contest. Calathes began his professional career wiith Panathinaikos, playing in Greece from 2009-12 before spending two seasons with Lokomotiv Kuban in Russia.
4 » ESPN and the Southeastern Conference on Tuesday announced the SEC Network’s new digital platform – SEC Network +. With content available exclusively on SECNetwork.com and WatchESPN, SEC Network + “will add live and on-demand coverage of more than 550 digital-exclusive sporting events to the SEC Network multi-screen output in the first year.” The authenticated service, available for those cable and satellite subscribers with access to SEC Network on their televisions, will launch with the channel on Aug. 14. Five Gators games have already been scheduled for the digital service. Florida soccer will host Miami on Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. and South Florida on Aug. 24 at 1 p.m. Gators volleyball will host Georgia Southern (12 p.m.) and Idaho (7:30 p.m.) on Aug. 29 as well as Oklahoma on Aug. 30 at 2:30 p.m.