Houston needed some depth down low, even after re-signing Luis Scola and with Yao Ming returning. They needed a center with size to come off the bench and potentially hit from the perimeter to stretch the floor. Today they addressed that need.
Marc Stein of ESPN is reporting the Rockets have signed center Brad Miller to a 3-year, $15 million deal. Houston now sports a frontcourt that includes Yao Ming, Luis Scola, Brad Miller, Chuck Hayes, Jordan Hill, and Patrick Patterson. That’s kind of ridiculous. Daryl Morey runs the game, web-cult or no.
It’s overpaying for Miller, there’s no question about that. He’s got great size, but $5 mil a year is a lot for a center whose rebounding numbers have plummeted over the past two seasons. But the third year of the contract is only partially guaranteed, and all he’s been brought in to do is be a component in a versatile system, a system Morey has worked hard to build around multiple components capable of playing a range of roles.
Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.
Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.
Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.
Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.