Darius Miller seems to be at peace with the rest of his professional career.

Whether he signs up with a team to continue his basketball journey or decides to step away from the hardwood, Miller has put himself in the position where he is ready for whatever he or the company decides.

When Miller was released from Oklahoma City in April, many wondered what his next move would be. He was asked that question on Tuesday as he returned to Maysville for Darius Miller-Chris Lofton basketball camp at Mason County Fieldhouse.

“I just got back to Lexington, so we’re just trying to crash and sort it out,” Miller said. “As for the plan for the future, that’s something I’m discussing with my wife right now, so we’ll see how it goes. That’s what I’m trying to decide right now.

While that leaves a lot of room for interpretation, if Miller left the game today, his successful career would be rich in stories. Going back to 2008, when he helped Mason County win a state championship, Miller embarked on a championship frenzy in which he helped teams win five titles over the next decade. – in the United Kingdom in 2012, Brose Bamberg in Germany in 2015-17.

“They are all special in their own way. The UK was probably my favorite, the ones in Germany were amazing too. The bunch of guys I got to play with there was one of the funniest basketballs I’ve ever had. Really competitive team and played very well together. Of course I will go with the UK championship, but the ones in Germany were also special, ”said Miller.

That’s enough rings to fill with one hand. Miller played a vital role in each of them. Whether it’s as the Royals star in Mason County and Mr. Basketball in 2008, the precious senior to help bridge the gap with the youngsters in the Kentucky roster or one of the Brose Baskets’ go-to guys, Miller has played a big role. He was the SEC tournament MVP in that special 2011-12 race for the Wildcats, a member of the All-Bundesliga first team in 2017 and second team in 2016 for the Brose Baskets.

Miller’s current management didn’t have Miller’s plans, with OKC going for a full roster rebuild and trying to do it as young as possible. At 31, Miller didn’t fit that mold. Some have speculated he could be added to a squad for a playoff push to add a veteran “three and D”, but that never materialized. He’s struggled with a few injuries in recent seasons, with a torn Achilles erasing his entire 2019-20 NBA campaign. He returned for the 2020-21 season as a groin injury slowed him down towards the end of his tenure with the Thunder.

In his 2017-18 season, Miller played all 82 games, hit a career-high 44% from the 3-point line and assisted the Pelicans in the playoffs, sweeping through Portland before losing to the eventual NBA champion Golden State in the second round.

Another solid season followed in 2018-19, with Miller playing 69 games and averaging a career-high 8.2 points per game. He turned that into a two-year, $ 14 million contract during the offseason with the Pelicans, with the organization wishing his presence as a veteran for a team that had also started a rebuild with its youngsters.

About a month later, Miller tore his Achilles apart and would miss the 2019-20 season. He would readjust and be ready for the 2020-21 season, but was later traded to Oklahoma City. After about 15 years of playing in successful organizations, Miller envisioned another team at the start of a rebuild, Miller once again considered a veteran presence for an organization.

Playing time has been scarce this season, playing 18 games before being called off on April 8.

“The organization was amazing, the way I was treated and the way the players were treated was amazing. Unfortunately we didn’t have a super competitive year, we were sort of in a rebuilding phase but it was great. Young guys, they have a great bunch of talent that I was able to play with and just be there, build relationships with and try to help as much as I can. I had a blast, ”Miller said.

His game in Germany gave him a second chance in the NBA, New Orleans, which initially drafted him in the second round in 2012, bringing him back for another tour.

As the free agency era looms, Miller will have a decision in his hands for what the future holds. He has reportedly received offers to return overseas, but that means another move and more time away from his wife and two children.

“Long trip, lots of fun. I had the chance to play in incredible teams, to have incredible experiences. Played in the NBA playoffs, had the opportunity to play in some championships abroad. It was awesome, I learned a lot, I grew a lot and I made a lot of amazing relationships. I couldn’t ask for more, ”Miller said. “I have a pretty good idea of ​​what I want to do after basketball, that’s all I’m going to say about it for now. I explore a little, I try to see what sticks.

For now, he’s following the NBA playoffs, having former college teammates and NBA teammates still alive as the conference finals have arrived.

“It’s difficult right now because with the Clippers, Patrick Patterson is still a very good friend of mine. Always like a big brother to me. Rooting for him. D-Book (Devin Booker), really good dude, rooting for him. Monty Williams, really good guy, rooting for him. And then on the other side, Jrue Holiday, I kind of formed a relationship with him playing for a long time. A little spread out, whoever wins, wins and I’ll be happy to see some good basketball, ”Miller said.

Now residing in Lexington, he will also have a better chance of keeping up with his Alma mater, who has yet to hang another banner since leaving in 2012, which seems like an eternity for the Big Blue Nation.

“It’s crazy. Seems like forever ago. My journey after that has been really long and exciting. I haven’t even really thought about that yet,” Miller said. “I was careful. as much as I could my two daughters keep me busy looking forward to see what they gonna do this year. Last year COVID and all I feel like that was what It was. It was a lot of things that they had to go through and for the most part they thought they did a good job under the circumstances and were looking forward to seeing next year. I hope I will be a lot more present. so that I can check out some games, ”Miller said.

Miller’s Camp at Fieldhouse with Lofton runs through Thursday. Not only does it give him a chance to help give back to where it started for him, but it also reminds him of where his basketball journey began.

“Just remember all the games here. It’s such a small community, everyone knows each other and it was amazing playing in front of my friends and family. It was packed every night and we had some really good teams, ”said Miller. “All the memories we had here, we had a fun time.”



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