After making a three-way trade that clears cap space for LeBron James, the Cavaliers immediately let it be known they wanted to court other players James is fond of.
Ray Allen? Interested!
Mike Miller? Interested!
James Jones? Interested!
Cleveland was clearly trying to coax LeBron into signing there. Maybe the Cavaliers can’t land any of those three, but an enthusiasm for LeBron’s friends could only help.
However, Cleveland is running into serious competition for Miller.
Chris Broussard of ESPN:
The Nuggets once seemed like a longshot for Miller. If they’re now the favorites, I’d guess they’re willing to pay him the most.
Miller, 34, is clearly on the downside of his career. But he can still shoot 3-pointers, and he’d have a good shot of cracking a role in the Nuggets’ already-deep rotation.
For the Cavaliers, Miller signing with the Nuggets would be one less avenue for tempting LeBron. I can’t think of a better way to start a bidding war – though Cleveland can’t add much salary while preserving max space for LeBron.