The Bulls will have to look elsewhere for big man depth, because Brad Miller has agreed to a three-year, $15 million contract with the Houston Rockets.
Losing Brad is a pretty big bummer, but there was no way the Bulls were going to tie up $5 million per year in cap space in a 34-year-old backup center who played most of last season like he had one foot in an NBA retirement home. And there was no way Miller could be expected to turn down a payday like that.
Still, I’ll miss his slick jump shot (even if he took a few too many of them), his pinpoint passes (even if he forced a few too many of them), and those cunning head fakes that enabled him to make a determined if slow and awkward drive to the hoop.
You know who else is going to miss him? Joakim Noah.
According to Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com: “The pair struck up a bond after Miller was traded back to the Bulls in the middle of the 2008-09 season. They could usually be seen joking around about something in the Bulls locker room and Noah consistently referred to his buddy as ‘The Duck.’ The Bulls had hoped to bring back Miller to continue to serve as a backup center/mentor to Noah.”
Ah, but if wishes were fishes, the world would be an ocean.
In a text message to ESPNChicago.com, Noah said: “I learned a lot from Brad. It’s going to be very different with him not around. He’s a real professional. I wish him nothing but the best. We’re going to miss the bash brothers.”
We certainly will.
Now, in addition to a backup point guard, the Bulls are going to have to shop around for another big man. It’s going to be pretty tough to find somebody who does everything Miller did.