Central Notes: Cavs, Miller, Pistons

Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith are giving LeBron James even more reason to believe in the Cavaliers, Joe Vardon of the Northeast Ohio Media Group writes.  Shump and Smith shined against their former team over the weekend and no moment encapsulated that better than the alleyop lobbed by the former to the latter in the fourth quarter.  “They’ve given us everything we’ve asked, and more,” James said, about the former Knicks. “We love them. I know I do. I love them and I’m happy to have them on board.”  More from the Central Division..

  • Mike Miller‘s role on the court with the Cavs has been reduced quite a bit, but he believes that he still has a place on the team and in this league.  Miller has a $2.8MM player option for the 2015/16 season and as of now he says his intentions are to pick up that option, Chris Haynes of The Plain Dealer.  “I would say yes. I am coming back, but it’s a long year,” Miller said. “I’m going to see how this one goes. All I’m focused on is what we do here. We’ve got 25 games here and then a playoff run. We’ll see how that goes. Where I’m at now, I’ve been blessed to do 15 years. It’s a year-by-year basis. I love what I’m doing.”
  • The Pistons were reluctant to trade Kyle Singler at the deadline, Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press tweets.  Detroit knew he was about to hit restricted free agency, however, and more importantly they really wanted to land Reggie Jackson.
  • More from Ellis (link), who says that despite what’s being said, it’s hard to see Brandon Jennings remaining with the Pistons after next season.  Jennings is out for the remainder of this campaign after suffering a torn Achilles tendon.  He makes $8MM this season and has one more year worth nearly $8.344MM left on his deal.

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