Rockets sign big man Miller to back up recovered Yao Ming
HOUSTON — Brad Miller signed with the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, reuniting the 7-foot center with his favorite coach in Rick Adelman.
Miller signed a three-year, $15 million contract to back up Yao Ming, who is expected to be ready for next season after sitting out a year to recover from foot surgery.
“We’ve been looki n g f o r somebody to give us strong minutes at the center spot and p a i r with Yao Ming for some time,” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said.
The 34-year-old Miller, who is entering his 13th NBA season, thinks his presence will help make things easier for Yao. “I want to work with Yao and try to make him not play so many minutes a game because our success if we’ve got a 7-foot-5 Yao back there is going to be a lot different than like last year when we had (66) Chuck Hayes when Yao got hurt,” Miller said.
Morey said “everything is on schedule” for Yao to be ready to practice on the first day of training camp.
“Getting Yao Ming back we feel like now we have the big dog we needed to be a real contender in the West,” Morey said. “Then Brad fills a huge need.” looking forward to rejoining the team after playing for the Americans in the 2007 Olympic qualifying tournament. He could still play in the 2012 Olympics if the insurance issues are worked out.