LA Lakers Are Best Landing Spot for Quincy Miller to Resurrect NBA Career

The Los Angeles Lakers need pieces for the future, and free-agent forward Quincy Miller is searching for an NBA opportunity big enough to prove he can be that type of player.

Rarely is a match made in basketball heaven between a winless team and a guy who could not survive roster cuts. This has a chance to be an exception to the rule.

And it might have a good shot at becoming a reality sooner than later. The 21-year-old Miller has popped up on the radar of several NBA squads since being waived by the Denver Nuggets. League sources told Real GM's Shams Charania that the Lakers are the "leading suitors" pursuing the 6'10" forward.

Miller has plenty to prove after making only 59 appearances during his first two seasons in the league, and he will not find a better proving ground than Hollywood.


Tantalizing Talent

At one point in the not-so-distant past, Miller appeared to have the basketball world in his palm. rated him as the fourth overall player in the high school class of 2011, a group that produced Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond and Bradley Beal, among others. Lightning-quick off the dribble and explosive at the rim, Miller flashed all-around ability that left scouts drooling in his wake.

"He has a guard mentality in a forward's body," ESPN Recruiting's Mike LaPlante gushed in 2010. "He blocks shots, rebounds on both ends, handles and passes the ball, knocks down threes and defends. He is always a joy to watch."

Miller's future looked blindingly bright. The guy was drawing Kevin Durant comparisons, and they somehow seemed relatively reasonable.

But Miller's senior season and high school career both ended abruptly when he suffered a torn ACL in December 2010. He suited up at Baylor University the following year, but the damage seemed to linger. He averaged only 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds as a freshman, which...

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