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With Phil Jackson locked up, Lakers turn attention to Mike Miller

The Lakers are looking for a perfect piece in Mike Miller.
The Lakers are looking for a perfect piece in Mike Miller.
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The Los Angeles Lakers and their fans can breathe a huge sigh of relief after yesterday's news that Phil Jackson will return for the 2010-11 season.

Word on the street is that Phil was never going to retire, but instead was trying to coax a little more money out of owner Jerry Buss, who reportedly wanted to cut Jackson's contract in half.

We're not sure what the terms of Jackson's new contract are, but we can be pretty sure that it will be more than half of what he made last year. Phil and his mind games....

With the Jackson issue resolved, the Lakers can now see what they can get in the free agent market. While they're obviously not in contention for any of the "top dogs" of this year's free agent class (barring an unlikely sign-and-trade), there are certainly pieces out there that can become tremendous role players.

Yesterday ESPN LA reported that the Lakers opened discussions with veteran Mike Miller, and 710 ESPN Radio reported that the Lakers offered him a 5-year deal worth around $30 million.

The Lakers must be salivating over Miller, who seems to be the piece the Lakers have desperately been seeking for a long time. He's a 6-8 shooter who has a 40.5% three point percentage for his career. He's also averaged close to 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Can you think of a better weapon off the bench?

Miller's also an underrated defender with toughness (think Matt Harpring, but without the roid rage). The only downside is that Miller will probably be offered much more money somewhere else, so it's up to him whether he wants to take a pay cut to sign with the world champs.

You can bet everyone in the Lakers camp is hoping he will. Except for Luke Walton, who might have some competition for best hair on the team



  • HoopsFanMike 4 years ago

    I always thought Sasha had the best hair 'til PJ urged him to cut it last offseason.

    Seriously, this would be a big pickup, but a fall-back plan would be to offer T'Mac the vet minimum for a year or two and have him backup Ron Ron and Kobe...

  • 3-Peat!!! 4 years ago

    This would be a huge pickup for the Lakers. Now they dont need to sign Farmer and stop another team from signing Blake. You got Phil back and the Lakers have a chance of resigning Brown and Fisher. With Miller the Lineup would be:

    Coach: Phil
    Assistants: Shaw and Abdul-Jabbar
    Starters: Fisher, Bryant, Artest, Gasol, Bynum
    Bench: Blake, Brown, Sasha, Odom, Walton, and Miller

    Thats Nasty

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