Miller Joins Brewer, Richard

We told you just a few days ago that former Gator basketball player Mike Miller could well be on the move for the second time in his NBA career. At the time it appeared Miller could be part of a package headed to Miami in exchange for the second pick in Thursday night's NBA Draft.

Instead, Miller got dealt to Minnesota just before midnight. Miller is headed to Minneapolis along with first round pick Kevin Love in exchange for a package headed up by the draft's No. 3 pick O.J. Mayo.

Miller is coming off the best season in his eight year NBA career. He scored 16.4 points a game while grabbing a career high 6.6 rebounds. Miller made just over half his shots from the field and over 43 percent from 3-point range making him one of the top shooters in the league. The trade puts three Gators on the Timberwolves' roster with Miller now teammates with Corey Brewer and Chris Richard.

However the deal may not be good news for either of the Gators already on the team. Miller steps right into the starting lineup, potentially relegating Brewer to a bench role. Additionally, Richard's chances of sticking with the team this fall are significantly reduced by the addition of Love, a strong 6-9 forward who will demand immediate playing time alongside Minnesota's big man Al Jefferson.

So for the first time ever there are three Gators on the same NBA team. We'll see how long that remains the case.

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