NBA NOTES: Miller close to Heat deal

  • Wed Jul 14th, 2010 6:01pm
  • Sports

Associated Press

Mike Miller arrived in South Florida and told Memphis radio station WHBQ that he would sign his five-year contract by his scheduled departure today. Miller agreed in principle to a deal late last week, and his agent Arn Tellem revealed Monday that the sharpshooter would be signing with Miami.

“We’re waiting on one thing … we’ll have it done,” Miller told the radio station.

The 6-foot-8 Miller shot a career-best 48 percent from 3-point range last season. In 10 NBA seasons, Miller has averaged 13.7 points and 5.1 rebounds.

Rockets to match Lowery offer

The Cavaliers have been rejected again. The team’s attempt to sign free agent Kyle Lowry was rebuffed when the Houston Rockets matched Cleveland’s offer sheet to the veteran point guard. Cleveland’s package was a three-year, $24 million deal with a fourth option year, but Rockets general manager Daryl Morey wasted no time in making a counteroffer.

The 6-foot Lowry averaged 9.1 points, 4.5 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game last season backing up Aaron Brooks.

O’Neal leaves Heat for Celtics

Jermaine O’Neal decided it was time to take his talents and depart South Beach.

“I knew what they were trying to do, and I could have re-signed back with those guys,” he said after passing his physical with the Boston Celtics. “But it comes down to fit. It comes down to personalities and style of play, and I thought Boston has all that for me. It came down to winning now, and not worrying about chemistry.”

O’Neal agreed last week to a two-year deal, the first for the midlevel exception of about $5.76 million.

Harrington headed to Denver

Free agent power forward Al Harrington says he’s headed to the Nuggets, who are in dire need of frontcourt help with Kenyon Martin, Chris Andersen and Nene coming off leg injuries.

Bobcats reach deal with Livingston

Shaun Livingston suffered what was widely considered a career-ending knee injury playing against Charlotte in 2007. Just over three years later, he’s joining the Bobcats to continue his comeback.

Thomas confirmed on Wednesday his client was headed to Charlotte but didn’t provide financial figures. Yahoo! Sports reported it was a two-year deal worth $7 million.