It is a known fact that Brad Miller always wanted to play for the Rockets, and that Houston has always wanted Miller in their roster, but timing has always kept them apart. Back in 1999, the now 34 year old center was an undrafted agent coming out of Purdue, and he impressed a lot of critics when he played the 1998 World Championships with team USA, which was coached by Rudy Tomjanovich, a former Rockets coach.
Tomjanovich is the man that wanted Miller as the backup for Hakeem Olajuwon at that time, but then the Hornets offered the player a guaranteed contract, and the Houston came up with their offer, but he had already pledged to Charlotte, and didn’t wanted to start his NBA career by breaking up a deal.
This proficient center has played for 4 teams in the league since those days for a total of twelve seasons, but on Tuesday, he finally signed with the team he feels he belongs to, especially since Rick Adelman, another of his favorite coaches, is the current head coach of the Rockets.
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Miller is an avid outdoorsman, which is another reason for him to want to live in Texas rather than Chicago. He even showed up in cammo pants at the news conference held by the Rockets concerning arrival to the team. He said that once he became a free agent, he told Mark Bartelstein, his agent, that Houston was his priority, even when other top NBA franchises were also very interested in his services.
The veteran center who played college basketball in Purdue, signed a 3-year deal with the Rockets that is worth $15 million, which is an outstanding amount of money for a player of his age. Miller said that he seriously studied his options in despite of wanting to play for Houston, as he is aware that pro hoops is also a business, but he finally got the kind of deal most NBA players want: the right place, the right cash.
Brad Miller, who has averaged eleven points, seven rebounds and 1 block in a total of 793 matches, played 201 of those games coming off the bench, and in Houston he won’t be an starter, as he is planned to backup Yao Ming due to the limitation concerning playing time which the Rockets are looking to impose on the Chinese center.
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