Cavs target ex-Heat players, near deal with Miller, sources say

Miami Heat guard Ray Allen drives during the NBA Finals vs. the SanAntonio Spurs. Allen, a free agent, could join former Heat teammate LeBron James with the Cavaliers.

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With assistance from new superstar LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers have started to target several former members of the Miami Heat in free agency, sources told FOX Sports Ohio late Friday night.

One of those targets, 34-year old shooting guard Mike Miller, is close to reaching a deal with the Cavs, sources said.

"Unless something unforeseeable happens, he will be joining us," a team source told FSO.

Miller, most recently of the Memphis Grizzlies, played with James and the Heat during their championship-winning seasons of 2011-12 and ’12-13.

Sources said the Cavs have also spoken to representatives for shooting guard Ray Allen and center Chris "Birdman" Andersen, both of whom played for the Heat each of the past two seasons.

James is said to be helping in the recruitment of all three players.

Allen, 39, is considering retirement, but sources close to the talks said he will join the Cavs if he returns for another season. After the Heat lost to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, Allen told reporters he would like to play on the same team as James again.

Andersen, 36, is also being recruited by the Heat. One source said the Heat are determined to keep Andersen away from the Cavs. The talks between the Cavs and Andersen, however, were described as "not serious at this time."

Miller averaged 7.1 points and shot 46 percent on 3-pointers last season, playing in all 82 regular-season games.

Allen, considered one of the best perimeter shooters in league history, played 73 games and scored 9.6 points off the Heat bench last season. Andersen averaged 6.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 72 games.

James opted out of his contract with the Heat last month. After several weeks of mystery about where he would play next, he announced his decision to join the Cavs in a first-person account on Sports Illustrated’s website Friday.