HoopsHype Brad Miller rumors

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Brad Miller, who maintains his home in Sacramento, showed up at a King reunion and surprised friends with news he had microfracture surgery. Miller said he hopes to return in mid-season. Forget it. He's done. NBA.com

"I ain't got much vertical to get back [and] it's really not going to slow me down. [The doctors] said, 'You're the ideal candidate for this. A non-jumping, slow white guy. You shouldn't really lose much.' No explosiveness is going to be lost here." -- Brad Miller, who acknowledged at a public event Saturday in Sacramento that he underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee in May, which will keep him out at least six months. NBA.com

June 5, 2011 Updates

It doesn't sound as if longevity is much of a factor, either, as Miller has one year worth $4.7 million (plus a final year worth less than $1 million guaranteed) remaining on his deal with the Rockets and is noncommittal on the idea of playing any longer. He averaged just 6.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 17 minutes per game last season, having signed with Houston as backup to Yao Ming. "I'll play next year, and see how I feel after that," he said. "That's as far as I'm thinking right now." SI.com

Rockets center Brad Miller revealed Saturday that he had microfracture knee surgery last month and will be out at least until January. Speaking at a Sacramento Kings rally Saturday, Miller said after struggling with the knee most of last season he was advised to undergo a more extreme solution than he expected after the season. But the area treated was smaller than with many microfracture surgeries, with the procedure expected to help his performance, rather than force a long adjustment period. “I had it scoped last summer, but the issues came back,” Miller said. “It’s in a non-weight-bearing bone so it’s the best place possible. I should be back around January. I should be able to get my 12-inch vertical and 6.3 40 — or maybe 8.3 40 — back. With the lockout possible, I might not even miss games. I could come into the league after a lockout (in 1998) and go out after a lockout.” Houston Chronicle

April 19, 2011 Updates

“Obviously, I’m disappointed,” Miller said. “I hoped they would bring him back the way everything got going this year. “He still wanted to coach. It came down to if they wanted him. He was still coaching, doing all he could do. He had the desire and will and wanted to. That is the NBA. Every so often, they throw out a reminder to you it still is a business. He’s been there, done that, coached all over, been successful. But I had that feeling like all of us it wasn’t going to work for him to be back. It’s sad.” Houston Chronicle

March 9, 2011 Updates

With the Kings' possible relocation to Anaheim still the hottest of local topics, former Kings and current Rockets Brad Miller and Kevin Miller chimed in with some pretty forceful comments after Monday's game. Both players referred to Sac as sort of an NBA destination city in the early to mid 90s, largely because of the team's success and the impassioned (if diminished of late) fan base. First, from Miller, who lives here in the offseason because "it's my wife's dream house," on the possible move: "It stinks. You think obviously, of when I got here (2003). Sacramento is one of those places ... the arena is what it is, but it is as loud as can be. It would be incredible for the city itself just to have a better venue for concerts and other events, give the area a little more prestigious feel. It's what, Power Balance now? It's changed a lot, but it would be so sad to see the Kings leave because I don't think they would ever get a team back out here." Sacramento Bee

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Rockets center Brad Miller and Kings center DeMarcus Cousins had a brief exchange in the fourth quarter, though Miller indicated his frustration was more about not receiving a call than anything Cousins said or did. Cousins backed in on Miller, then buried a short jumper over him, chatting about it at Miller. Miller went back at Cous-ins, trying a drive that went nowhere. When he missed, he smacked Cousins in frustration after the rebound. "I don't know how to word it the proper way," Miller said. "There's certain rules they write, and it seemed like they didn't follow." Miller was not upset with Cousins' trash-talking. "Nah," Miller said. "He's a young kid on that part." Houston Chronicle

November 16, 2010 Updates

The Bulls are not Brad Miller's only former team. They are not even the first former team he has faced this season, having gotten his first start with his latest team against his first team, the Indiana Pacers. But he has been looking forward to tonight's game because the Bulls are his most recent former team. "We already got some bets going," Miller said. "I don't need to tell you more, but we got some bets going. We played Kirk (Hinrich) with Washington. Joakim (Noah, Bulls center) was texting all summer, came to my bachelor party. He's one of those players I want to see do well, too. We're definitely going to have some wine Monday and get a little dinner." Houston Chronicle

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Landing Miller, 34, was not as easy as picking up a dinner check. Several teams, including the Bulls, either offered full mid-level exception money (starting at $5.765 million) for three seasons or were expected to offer that much. Miller instead took a three-year Rockets offer that is worth, according to a person with knowledge of the deal, $4.4 million in 2010-11, $4.752 million in 2011-12 and $5.104 million in 2012-13, with $848,000 guaranteed in the final season. Houston Chronicle

"I’ve been talking to the (Rockets’) players for four years," said Miller, who played with Kevin Martin with the Kings and Shane Battier in the 2007 World Championships. "I didn’t go in the shower (as Ron Artest did after the Lakers’ Finals loss to the Celtics in 2009). I’ve been in the locker room talking to the coaches — before games, after games." Houston Chronicle

July 17, 2010 Updates

Veteran center Brad Miller has agreed to a three-year contract worth nearly $15 million with the Houston Rockets, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. The Rockets were always considered a strong contender to win the summer race to sign Miller. He attracted interested from numerous teams but was strongly lobbied to move to Houston by Rockets coach Rick Adelman and guard Kevin Martin after the trio's success in Sacramento. ESPN.com

Free-agent center Brad Miller has reached a deal on a three-year, $15 million contract with Houston, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told FanHouse on Saturday. Miller, a 12-year veteran who played last season for Chicago, will be a valuable backup for Yao, who missed all of last season due to a foot injury. Miller also had previously played with Rockets coach Rick Adelman in Sacramento. "It was the combination of being back with (Adelman) and with Yao being back,'' Bartelstein said. "They can be really good.'' FanHouse.com

The third year of the contract is partially guaranteed, sources said. Amid its well-chronicled interest in trying to pursue Chris Bosh in free agency, Houston also targeted Miller early as an ideal complement to the returning Yao Ming and the re-signed Luis Scola to reunite with Martin and help facilitate Adelman's offense. ESPN.com

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