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Mike Miller: 'Grizzlies know where I want to be'



Grizzlies shooter Mike Miller will become a free agent at 12:01 EST Tuesday morning. 

In an interview with 92.9 FM ESPN Monday afternoon, the 34-year-old said his first choice is to remain in Memphis.

"They know how badly I wanna be here," Miller said. "That makes it very simple. If they feel the same way, and it's a fair deal, it’ll be a done deal.”

Miller averaged 7.1 points on 46 percent shooting from deep. Most importantly, he played in all 91 games (regular season and a seven-game playoff series) for the Grizzlies.

Miller said he will fly out to Los Angeles tomorrow to meet with his agent and then with a "bunch of teams." But he wants what will likely be his last multi-year deal to come from the place where his career got off the ground.

In his last interaction with the Grizzlies before free agency gets underway, Miller said he conveyed his desire to be in a Grizzlies uniform.

"The passion I have for this city and basketball — they know where I wanna be," Miller said. "They know what the market is. Hopefully, we can work things out, we’ll get it done, and I'll be here. I feel as good as I have in a long time. I think there's a lack of veterans in this league, as well as shooting in the league. I fill both those voids.”

Miller said he has not spoken to the Grizzlies about the deal recently in order to allow them to focus on getting a deal with Zach Randolph done.

"It shows they're committed to winning and that they're moving in that direction," Miller said. 

Miller signed with the Grizzlies last season over Oklahoma City. He wanted to come back to Memphis, he said, and contend for a championship with the roster that's in place.

"It was on my (career) checklist," Miller said. "It's
 still completely unfinished business. This team has one of those windows. They just have to make the commitment to move forward and hopefully they’ll do that."

The Grizzlies have an available mid-level exception of $5 million. My prevailing thought is that the MLE will be the price tag, given how in demand Miller will be.

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