Rockets agree to 3-year deal with Miller

Published Jul. 17, 2010 1:00 a.m. EDT

Free agent center Brad Miller has agreed to a three-year, $15 million contract with the Houston Rockets.

Agent Mark Bartelstein said the 7-foot Miller will back up All-Star center Yao Ming, who's expected to return healthy next season after sitting out a year to recover from foot surgery.

The 34-year-old Miller averaged 8.8 points and 4.9 rebounds for Chicago last season. Miller played in Sacramento from 2003-09, including three seasons playing for current Houston coach Rick Adelman.

Bartelstein said in a phone interview on Saturday that reuniting with Adelman was a major factor in Miller's decision.


The Rockets initially pursued Chris Bosh when free agency opened on July 1. But Bosh chose to join LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in Miami. Houston agreed to terms this week with restricted free agents Kyle Lowry and Luis Scola.