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Thursday, July 1, 2010

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LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers have opened discussions with free-agent swingman Mike Miller, a source close to the situation said Thursday.
Miller is a former NBA rookie of the year and sixth man of the year. He averaged 10.9 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and 48 percent shooting on 3-pointers for Washington last season, his 10th in the league.
Miller would provide a sure outside stroke the Lakers have lacked and help shore up a bench unit that could lose up to 22.5 points a game in scoring if free agent reserves Shannon Brown, Jordan Farmar, Josh Powell, D.J. Mbengaand Adam Morrison all leave for new horizons.
Miller earned $9.8 million last season and would need to take a significant paycut to join the Lakers, but it could be worth it to him to erase a pitiful postseason resume. It would be similar to his former teammate in Memphis, Pau Gasol before he was traded to L.A.. Miller's teams are 5-22 in the playoffs in his career, the 6-8 shooter never having made it out of the first round in six appearances.
With only seven players under contract for next season and six roster spots to fill, the Lakers have begun to look to new personnel in hopes of going for a three-peat next season.