The news that LeBron James is going to go back to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers might have an impact on next season’s Memphis Grizzlies.
As the Grizzlies’ Tony Allen said on his twitter account, @aa000G9: “Now free agency starts.”
Reportedly, James reached out to 3-point sharpshooter Mike Miller several days ago and let Miller know he’d love to have him around to space the floor like he did during the championship years in Miami.
Miller is believed to be seeking a three-to-four year contract, which might be longer than the Grizzlies are willing to go. Miller also has said he’d like to return to Memphis. But he also wants to win more rings. And Cleveland just became the overwhelming favorite to come out of the Eastern Conference next season.
If the Cavs are willing to commit three or more years to Miller, it may be difficult for the Grizz to win this one. Heck, it may be difficult even if the Grizz are willing to go three years.
Lose Miller and it puts the Grizzlies right back where they were before his return last season: without a 3-point threat that opponents always have to account for in transition and in half-court sets.