Rock­ets sign big man Miller to back up re­cov­ered Yao Ming

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

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.

Brad Miller

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