HoopsHype Mike Miller rumors

October 28, 2013 Updates
October 25, 2013 Updates

Mike Miller, a popular and contributing piece of two Heat championship teams before the team released him in July, is strongly considering filing a lawsuit against the team because he believes the franchise bears some responsibility for him being swindled by a con man, his attorney tells us. Miller, who now plays for the Memphis Grizzlies, lost $1.7 million in a scam allegedly orchestrated by Haider Zafar, a South Beach bling king who presented himself as a member of a wealthy Pakistani family. Miami Herald

According to Miller's complaint that has been drawn up but not yet filed, a Heat employee introduced Miller to Zafar, and Zafar used $700,000 of the money he stole from Miller to pay for courtside Heat tickets. Settlement talks between Miller and the Heat have stalled. Miller asked for that $700,000 back from the Heat, plus attorney’s fees, but “the parties were far apart,” Miller’s attorney, Andrew Fine, said. In the potential lawsuit, Miller is seeking a lot more: the entire $1.7 million that he lost in Zafar’s scam. Miami Herald

According to the complaint which I obtained, Zafar last December agreed to spend $3 million over three seasons for Heat courtside seats and other benefits but did not submit payment. A month later, Zafar asked Stephen Weber, who was then the Heat’s executive vice president/sales, to introduce him to “Heat players with businesses Zafar… could invest in.” According to the complaint, Miller, “at Weber’s urging, met with Zafar at Heat offices,” and Weber told Miller that Zafar was “the real deal.” The complaint said at the time of that January meeting, the Heat and Weber “knew that Zafar had not paid his obligation to the Heat and had disclosed he was using a false, or at least, unofficial, identity and had disclosed he was under IRS investigation.” Miami Herald

Heat forwards James Jones and Rashard Lewis also were defrauded by Zafar and suffered undisclosed losses, but neither is pursuing claims against the team. Fine said Miller “has good feelings for the organization. He just feels like they should accept their share of responsibility for this situation.” Miami Herald

October 24, 2013 Updates

“When I saw the doctors in Miami after the first championship things looked bleak, they really did,” Miller said to HOOPSWORLD. “I found one doctor, Dr. Barth Green, who really revitalized my career and gave me a regiment that has me feeling great. Knock on wood, but I haven’t felt this good. Even last year I didn’t play a lot in the regular season because they wanted to save me. But I’ve felt great the whole year, right now I’ve felt as good as I have in five years and hopefully it’ll stay that way.” HoopsWorld

October 5, 2013 Updates

Miller is expected to provide a boost to a team that ranked 27th scoring 93.4 points per game and 24th beyond the arc shooting 34.5 percent. Quincy Pondexter was the Grizzlies’ most accurate shooter from 3-point range, hitting 39.5. Miller offers an immediate upgrade. “And it’s great to add another NBA champion that’s for sure,” center Marc Gasol said. “Mike another voice, veteran voice in the locker room, it really does help. Now we have three NBA champions that can teach all the little things that it takes to get there.” Washington Post

September 2, 2013 Updates

“She was the rock behind him at this very low point in his career,” observed Mike Miller, Mr. Haslem’s former Gator as well as Miami Heat teammate, now a member of the Memphis Grizzlies. With that support, Mr. Haslem rebounded quickly, accepting a position with the Élan Chalon basketball team in Chalon-sur-Saône, France, while Ms. Rein remained in Gainesville to complete her bachelor’s degree in business administration. They communicated by Web chat twice a day for a year and visited several times. They say they never had a disconnect or considered dating anyone else. That March, when Ms. Rein called him sobbing after she tore a hamstring — forcing her to drop track — he comforted her by saying, “It’s O.K.” New York Times

August 23, 2013 Updates

Fine said some Miami Heat players, including former forward Mike Miller, and other Florida residents had invested $8 million with Zafar. When Fine, on behalf of some of those investors, questioned Zafar about where the money was, Zafar told him, “They can’t touch me in Pakistan.” “He’s fantastically good at separating people from their money,” Fine said after the hearing. Columbus Dispatch

August 19, 2013 Updates
July 30, 2013 Updates

And why not, really? In a way the day represented another milestone for the Grizzlies franchise. Once, Memphis was a place where nobody wanted to play. “Guys who got traded to the Grizzlies were like, ‘Oh, no,’ ” Miller said. But now? “People are trying to come here,” he said. “It’s incredible to watch.” Memphis Commercial Appeal

The Memphis Grizzlies signed two-time NBA champion Mike Miller, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. The signing reunites the Grizzlies with the sharpshooter, who still owns eight major franchise records after playing five-plus seasons in Memphis from 2002-08. NBA.com

July 29, 2013 Updates
July 27, 2013 Updates

Free agent forward Mike Miller has agreed to the terms of his contract with the Grizzlies and is set to sign it next week, an NBA source confirmed Saturday morning to The Commercial Appeal. The source said Miller, who played six seasons with the Grizzlies through 2008 before being traded to Minnesota, is expected to sign the contract at a press conference at FedExForum that will likely take place on Tuesday. Memphis Commercial Appeal

July 24, 2013 Updates

The Memphis Grizzlies have won the race to sign free-agent sharpshooter Mike Miller. Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com on Wednesday that Miller has committed to sign a two-year deal with the Grizzlies after being pursued by other contenders such as Oklahoma City and Houston. ESPN.com

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