Former Kentucky Wildcats small forward/shooting guard Darius Miller will not receive a qualifying offer of $1.15 million from the New Orleans Pelicans, making him an unrestricted free agent just ahead of the July 1st start of NBA free agency.
If the Pelicans would have extended Miller a $1.15 million qualifying offer, he would have become a restricted free agent and they could have matched any offer he would have received.
However, Miller fell victim to a numbers game. The Pelicans’ top priority right now is getting enough cap space to make last Wednesday’s trade work to acquire Asik from the Rockets. And extending an offer to both Miller and Roberts would have made it even more difficult to get accomplished.
Miller played two years in New Orleans after being a second round pick by the franchise in the 2012 draft. In his brief Pelicans career, Miller averaged 3.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. He appeared in 97 contests for the Pelicans, starting nine times, over a two-year span. Miller will now enter unrestricted free agency.
It’s not been a good day for former Wildcats. The Orlando Magic waived shooting guard Doron Lamb early Monday morning, meaning two of the Cats’ key backcourt players from the 2012 NCAA National Championship squad are now free agent.
As a senior, Miller earned the SEC Sixth-Man of the Year award, averaging 9.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.
He also holds the record for most games played at Kentucky (152) and ranks No. 10 in Wildcat history with 175 three-pointers made.
Miller, who plans to wear No. 2 as a Hornet, also participated in the 2012 Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 4.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in five games.
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