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Mike Miller: 'I've prepared my wife and kids to move on'




 
In an exclusive interview Wednesday afternoon at his basketball camp, Grizzlies free agent Mike Miller opened up about his future and where he might play next season.

92.9: Where do things stand right now with you?
Miller: "I'm just in a holding pattern like everyone else, waiting to see what the big fella (Lebron James) does. Obviously, everyone knows my intentions are with Memphis and how we wanna make it work. But if it doesn’t, I’ll have to figure out where the next stop is for me.”

92.9: Is your first choice still to stay in Memphis?
Miller: "It is. I hope it works out. At the same time, I understand business. The one thing I’ve learned in 14 years of playing — I've been traded 6,000 times, I've been amnestied. I understand that side of it. I get it. For me, I wanna be here, but at some point for the basketball side and business and for me personally, I'm gonna take what's out there.”

92.9: Have you spoken to the Grizzlies recently? If so, did it get down to renegotiations?
Miller: "We did two or three days ago. And 
not really. They're waiting to see. ... I've got everything on hold just to see what Lebron does. I'd be crazy not to at least wait now that we’re this far along. I'm hoping he makes a decision this week, either today or tomorrow. Once I have that, I'll start getting into discussions with other teams. If Memphis works out, great. If it doesn’t, I'm still gonna play basketball next season."

92.9: Is reuniting with Lebron something you'd like to do?
Miller: "Oh,
 of course. It makes my job easier. I just go out there and shoot jumpers. It’s pretty easy. For me, that’d be a dream come true. At the same time, and I’ve had this convo with Lebron, for my family and things like that — Memphis is the best place. But I've prepared my wife and kids to move on and we’ll see what happens.”

92.9: Any more visits planned?
Miller: "No, I
 don't need to. I basically know where every team's at and what they're gonna offer. We decided to wait and see what Lebron does. After he makes his decision, it could be either a good place for me to go with him if he does move on, or it opens up teams making cap space for him. The market has been set for shooters. I'm not asking to get what (Lebron and company) are getting, but I am asking for something that’s fair for both sides.”

92.9: What would it take for the Grizzlies to keep you?
Miller: "For 
me, I really believe I can be a big part. I look at everything — you look at where you're sitting in a situation, your rotations, what you need to win games in the playoffs. I think I bring a lot to that. And two or three years after, I'm bringing a lot more than just basketball to the situation. I don't wanna say there's a number, but I think the market has been set for shooters.”




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