NBA free agency rumors roundup: Mike Miller's list of suitors grows
The free agency period is almost a month old, and although most of the bigger names are off the market, others, including Mo Williams, are still around. Now, a few names have been added to the free agency pool thanks to the amnesty provision. One of the amnesty casualties, Mike Miller, has received a lot of interest from teams despite concerns over a lingering back injury. His list of suitors grew even longer Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers added some depth to their front line and the Dallas Mavericks may not be done adding guards to their roster. Here's a recap of Saturday's free agency signings and rumors.
Nuggets added to list of teams interested in Mike Miller
Since being waived by the Miami Heat under the NBA's amnesty provision, Miller has received interest from almost every Western Conference contender. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Denver Nuggets have entered the fray for Miller's services.
According to Stein, the Nuggets are offering Miller more minutes than his other suitors, given their lack of wing depth with the departures of Andre Iguodala and Corey Brewer. Stein also notes that Miller is mulling an offer from the Houston Rockets.
Clippers make Byron Mullens signing official
Reports of Mullens heading to Los Angeles began to trickle out earlier this week, but Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski writes that the Clippers and Mullens agreed to a two year, $2 million deal. Mullens is the latest addition to the revamped Clippers bench and will likely be the first big man off that bench. John Raffo at Clips Nation says Mullens fills a need for Los Angeles, even if it's a limited one.
Mullens is an inefficient but effective scorer and not much of a defender. Perhaps significantly he had big games against both the Clippers and Doc Rivers' Boston Celtics. The Clips have obviously looking for a big with some outside offensive game... and they certainly won't lack for bench points this coming season.
Mullens spent last season with the Charlotte Bobcats, averaging a career-high 10.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game last season, but shooting only 38.5 percent from the field.
Mavericks nearing deal with Leandro Barbosa, waive Bernard James
The Dallas Mavericks have spent the bulk of their summer revamping their backcourt. So far they've added Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis and Gal Mekel as well as drafted Shane Larkin. It appears they are not done with that overhaul. Citing Terra Brazil, Pro Basketball Talk writes the Mavericks are close to a deal with Leandro Barbosa. Barbosa spent the first half of last season with the Boston Celtics before tearing his ACL in early February. He was then traded to Washington as part of the Jordan Crawford deal. It's unclear how this will affect Devin Harris' deal. Dallas called off a three-year deal with Harris due to a toe injury, but were said to be working on a one-year deal with the point guard.
ESPN's Marc Stein also reports the Mavs will waive Bernard James in order to make room for the Monta Ellis signing. The Mavs reportedly would like to bring James back but it's unclear whether he'll make it through the waiver wire process.
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