Just when you thought the Celtics couldn’t get any older, they could add soon-to-be 42-year-old Reggie Miller to the roster. Executive director of basketball operations/GM Danny Ainge confirmed early this afternoon that he has spoken to Miller about the possibility by phone. Head coach Doc Rivers has also talked to Miller about joining a roster that already includes veteran All-Stars Kevin Garnett (31), Paul Pierce (30 on Oct. 13) and Ray Allen (32).
“Reggie and I have talked,” said Ainge. “We’ve had conversations. I will just confirm that we have had conversations. Doc has talked with him. And, yes, we plan to have further conversations with Reggie.”
Miller must decide whether he wants to continue his broadcasting career with TNT or interrupt it for what could be a shot at an NBA title. In an 18-year career with the Indiana Pacers, the future Hall of Famer did not win a championship. Alongside, Garnett, Pierce, and Allen he could have a legitimate opportunity to fill that hole in his Hall of Fame resume. Obviously, that has been at the heart of the Celtics’ pitch to Miller.
To say the shooting guard would give the Celtics an outside threat would be a major understatement. Miller holds the career record for most 3-point field goals made (2,560) and most 3-point field goals attempted (6,486). He shares the NBA record for most seasons leading the league in 3-point field goals made with two (1993 with 167, 1997 with 229). Miller was named to five All-Star teams, the last time coming in 2000. Before retiring following the 2004-05 season, Miller averaged 14.8 points per game and shot 43 percent from the floor.
Ainge would not elaborate on when further discussions with Miller will take place, nor would he provide a timetable for possibly reaching an agreement with the shooting guard.
Miller has always been very conscientious about his workout regimen. And judging from his appearances on TNT, he could be ready to step back on an NBA court with a relatively short lead time. In his final season, Miller averaged almost 32 minutes per game, though with the Celtics he would likely be called on for about 15 to 20 minutes per contest.
“I’m always flattered when my name is mentioned as someone who can still help an NBA team win a championship,” Miller said Wednesday in a statement released to The Associated Press by the TNT network. “I’ve had limited discussions with Celtics management about their roster and a potential role for me. At this time, I’m enjoying my role as an analyst with TNT.”
Heading into training camp, the Celtics are looking to fill out their roster and make sure Garnett, Pierce, and Allen have a supporting cast that will help them fulfill high expectations. Those expectations include an Eastern Conference championship and a trip to the Finals. Ainge and Rivers are well aware Garnett, Pierce, and Allen cannot do it alone.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.