Darius Miller re-signs with Pelicans

New Orleans Times-Picayune

Small forward Darius Miller has agreed to re-sign with the New Orleans Pelicans, a league source confirmed Thursday night to NOLA Pelicans beat writer John Reid.

According to Reid, Miller was not extended a $1.15 million qualifying offer by the franchise last month that made him become an unrestricted free agent, the Pelicans still made a push to bring him back.

Miller is expected to compete for minutes at small forward with veteran John Salmons, who agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal to join the Pelicans as an unrestricted free agent, and Luke Babbitt, who has a non-guaranteed contract.

The Pelicans are hoping Miller will emerge this upcoming season like he did in April when he scored in double figures in three of the final five games, which included scoring 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting in a 116-94 road loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder on April 11

Miller, 6-foot-8, 225 pounds, was the 46th pick in the second round by New Orleans in the 2012 NBA Draft. He was a four-year player at Kentucky and a teammate of Anthony Davis when the Wildcats won the 2012 national championship.

Miller played in 45 games last season and averaged 4.4 points and 1.2 rebounds. His progress was hampered when he was forced to miss the first 17 games of the regular season to recover from offseason surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot.

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