NBA Free Agency: Mike Miller Signs With Memphis Grizzlies

By Sarah Breuner

Nov 11, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Miami Heat small forward Mike Miller (13) dribbles the ball up the court during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Miami Heat 104-86. Mandatory Credit: Spruce DerdenUSA TODAY Sports

The effort was all there, Houston.  Better luck next time.

Free agent Mike Miller confirmed to The Associated Press that he has committed to sign a two-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies after several other teams, including the Houston Rockets, had pursued and offered him contracts.

While Memphis has yet to confirm the agreement, sources “close to the situation” reported that Miller has agreed to sign the contract, according to  The former Heat star chose the Grizzlies because he believes it is the team that has the best chances of getting to the NBA Finals, one source said.  After entering the NBA lottery in 2000, Miller has been a part of the Orlando Magic, Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards, and Miami Heat.  He was previously on the Memphis roster from 2003 to 2008.

The sharpshooter was a part of both of the Heat’s back-to-back championships the last two seasons, but back injuries have held Miller back recently and caused him to miss large portions of his last four seasons on the court.  His health seems to be improving, as Miller told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, saying that he is “just feeling healthy” and “ready to play.”

Miller was originally scheduled to meet with Houston on Friday.