Former Kentucky Wildcats small forward/shooting guard Darius Miller has been a free agent since the New Orleans Pelicans opted not to give him a qualifying offer. By not tendering his $1.15 million offer just ahead of the start of NBA free agency, Miller became a free agent for the first time in his NBA career, but he’s now back with the Pelicans.
Small forward Darius Miller has agreed to re-sign with the New Orleans Pelicans, a league source confirmed Thursday night.
Miller is expected to compete for minutes at small forward with veteran John Salmons, who agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal to join the Pelicans as an unrestricted free agent, and Luke Babbitt, who has a non-guaranteed contract.
The Pelicans are hoping Miller will emerge this upcoming season like he did in April when he scored in double figures in three of the final five games, which included scoring 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting in a 116-94 road loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder on April 11
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.
He also holds the record for most games played at Kentucky (152) and ranks No. 10 in Wildcat history with 175 three-pointers made.
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