Mike Miller is not on Lebron James’ side again, as reports say the guard was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Adrian Wojnarowski has confirmed on Twitter that Miller will be moving to Portland, as well Brendan Haywood. the Cleveland Cavaliers will also send “more favorable” two 2019 second round picks and one second rounder in 2020, Jason Lloyd from the Acron Beacon Journal revealed.
As for the Cavs, they will not receive any players or picks, instead they will be loading off contracts to receive trade exceptions — $10.5 million, the largest active trade exception in the NBA, and $2.94 million, notes ESPN. This will help them team acquire players that will help the team better in the coming years.
Last season, Miller averaged a measly 2.1 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.9 assists in 52 games with 13.5 minutes. He proved even more dispensable during the post season with 1.0 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0 assists in 9 games. These numbers are a far cry from his peak years with the Memphis Grizzlies, from 2002 to 2008 he averaged 14.3 points and 4.6 rebounds.
Notably, the trade will be the second time Miller will be leaving a team led by Lebron James. Before the 2013-14 NBA season, Miller was moved to the Memphis Grizzlies, leaving James in Miami Heat. The move didn’t sit well with King James.
However, the recent trade of Miller has LBJ’s seal of approval already as ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports James thinks it’s “the right thing to do.”
Miller will be joining Portland’s Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Chris Kaman and Mason Plumlee.