AP Source: Miller, Cavs agree to 2-year deal

TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer Published:

CLEVELAND -- Mike Miller had choices. None of them was better than playing with LeBron James again.

Miller has agreed to a $5.5 million, two-year contract with the Cavaliers, re-uniting the sharpshooting forward with James, his former teammate in Miami. Miller's contract includes a player option in the second year, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the deal is not yet signed. Miller will make $2.7 million next season, and the option is worth $2.8 million, the person said.

The 34-year-old Miller also was coveted by Dallas and Denver. But the chance to play alongside James was enough to send him to Cleveland. Miller and James played together with the Heat for three seasons, winning two NBA titles. Miller reportedly had a three-year offer from the Mavericks.

Last season, Miller played in 82 games -- the most since his rookie season -- for Memphis. He shot 46 percent (107 of 233) on 3-pointers and averaged 7.1 points and 2.5 rebounds.

Miller gives the Cavs another outside offensive option and someone to help spread the floor for James, who signed a two-year, $42 million contract with Cleveland on Saturday.

• Hockey

Jackets sign Erixon: The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed defenseman Tim Erixon to a one-year contract for the 2014-15 season.

The 23-year-old Erixon was acquired along with centers Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov and a first-round pick two years ago in the blockbuster deal that sent Rick Nash to the New York Rangers.

Wings hire assistant: The Detroit Red Wings have hired Tony Granato as an assistant coach.

Granato was an assistant for the Pittsburgh Penguins for the last five seasons, and he was also part of Team USA's staff at the 2014 Olympics. Granato also has been a head coach with the Colorado Avalanche.

• Basketball

Wade stays: Dwyane Wade is staying with the Miami Heat, and his latest deal is designed to give both the player and the only franchise he's ever known some flexibility in the coming years.

Wade signed a two-year deal, the second of those seasons a player option, said a person familiar with the situation. Financial terms were not announced, though it's expected Wade's salary for next season will not reach the $20.2 million he would have made under his previous contract.

Boozer amnestied: The Chicago Bulls said goodbye to forward Carlos Boozer, using the amnesty clause to cut the veteran forward after four seasons with the team.

Boozer came to Chicago in a sign-and-trade deal with Utah in July 2010. The two-time All-Star averaged 15.5 points and nine rebounds in 280 games with the Bulls.

• Football

Orton released: The Dallas Cowboys are releasing Kyle Orton after their backup quarterback missed all the offseason workouts amid reports he was considering retirement.

The 31-year-old Orton started the finale last year after Tony Romo injured his back a week earlier. The Cowboys lost to Philadelphia, their third straight season-ending defeat against an NFC East rival with a playoff berth on the line.

Haslam to pay fine: Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says the truck stop company he co-owns can start putting the fraud investigation behind it after it struck a deal with prosecutors to pay a $92 million fine and acknowledge that employees cheated customers.

Haslam is not involved in Pilot Flying J's day-to-day operations of the company that is co-owned by his brother, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.

• Elsewhere

Possible ban: Major League Baseball players say they may consider whether to discuss a possible ban on chewing tobacco when they negotiate their next labor contract in two years. For now, they hope individuals decide on their own to stop dipping.

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