Miami Heat player Miller laughs as he talks with Wade during a team practice ahead of Game 7 of the NBA Finals basketball playoff against the San Antonio Spurs in Miami

Mike Miller clears waivers; Spurs, Thunder, Grizzlies and Rockets reportedly interested


In the end, neither the Cavaliers nor any other NBA team submitted a waiver claim for Mike Miller, who was amnestied by the Heat two days ago.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

I fail to understand why teams aren’t more aggressive with bidding on amnestied players. Miller, who has battled injury, has played just 59, 39 (of 66), 41 and 54 games the last four seasons, so you can’t count on him. But to get him for two years on a minimum contract? I think the reward outweighs the risk.

Anyway, the teams with cap room – the only teams permitted to bid on him – disagreed, and now Miller is an unrestricted free agent (though he can’t sign with Miami).

Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

Miller’s shooting makes him a good fit with any of those contending teams, none of whom had cap room and, therefore, the ability to bid on Miller. I’d be particularly intrigued by Miller returning to Memphis, where he played from 2003-08. With Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, shooting is a premium there, and though Tayshaun Prince is a better defender than Miller, Miller would prove an element Prince lacks.

Stan Van Gundy rips ‘selfish’ Pistons

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The Pistons had just 19 assists – to 22 turnovers – in their 93-83 loss to the Nets last night.

Stan Van Gundy was none too pleased.

On offensive problems:

I told them in there – that was the first thing – we’re not playing together at all. I thought it was a very selfish performance, and guys wouldn’t just pass the ball to open men. They wanted to see if they could take one more dribble to get their own shot, so the passing angles were gone. I just thought we forced play after play after play. We’re not willing to move the ball

On Reggie Jackson, who scored seven points on 3-of-10 shooting with six assists and six turnovers, and was coming off Achilles soreness:

He was not good at all. He was forcing everything.

On injuries to point guards – Jackson, Brandon Jennings and Steve Blake – hindering the team’s flow in practice and that carrying over to the game:

We could probably make a lot of excuses for our guys, but we were selfish.

Van Gundy is clearly trying to send a message, and the preseason is the best time to do it.

But it’s somewhat troubling he had to do it after this game.

Eight of the 10 Pistons who played against Brooklyn project to make the regular-season rotation. Joel Anthony played over Aron Baynes, and once healthy, Blake could challenge Spencer Dinwiddie to become back up point guard – at least until Jennings is ready. Otherwise, Detroit – with Jackson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Marcus Morris, Ersan Ilyasova, Andre Drummond, Jodie Meeks, Stanley Johnson and Anthony Tolliver – looked similar to its opening-night lineup.

Van Gundy is blunt, but he doesn’t tell the media things he hasn’t already directly told his players. They appreciate that.

He’d appreciate them getting this message.

Report: Dwight Howard didn’t have offseason surgery

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Dwight Howard said he played with a torn MCL and meniscus in the Western Conference finals – pretty shocking news that few knew what to make of.

So, um, did he have offseason surgery?

Calvin Watkins of ESPN:

Howard obviously feels great about his health now, so maybe this was the right course.

We’ll never how Howard would have performed if fully healthy, but he averaged 14.4 points and 14.4 rebounds in 35.1 minutes per game against the Warriors during the conference finals. How bad could the injuries have been?