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Mike Miller wants to play for a contender

The one thing with professional athletes: They’re always saying the right things.

Mike Miller is an unrestricted free agent this summer. And while he obviously won’t be holding court to the team’s most attractive teams to offer for his services, he’s the kind of complimentary piece, a veteran shooter that can defend, that some teams covet to fill out a contending roster. And that’s exactly what he’s looking for.

Miller told the Argus Leader near his hometown of Mitchell, South Dakota, he’s done playing for also-rans (like he has the past few years in Minnesota and Washington):

“I’m looking for a winner,” confirms the 6-foot-8 swingman, who averaged 10.9 points and 6.2 rebounds in 54 games last season. “The last couple of years have taken a toll on me, as far as not being in the playoffs and not playing this time of year. So I’m looking to change that. This time, if it doesn’t work out, there’s no one to blame but myself.”

Miller is going to draw suitors if that’s his thinking, especially if he’s willing to take the paycut necessary to squeeze in. NBA Roundtable wonders if Miller’s willingness to play for lottery squads may lead to him settling. But mostly Miller hasn’t been a malcontent. That’s a good thing.

We’ll keep you posted on where Miller winds up.