The Cleveland Cavaliers introduced two role players to next season's team on Wednesday to go alongside LeBron James as they try bring the first title to the city in 50 years.
Newly signed forwards Mike Miller and James Jones, who won back-to-back titles with James and the Miami Heat, know exactly why they were targeted by general manager David Griffin.
"Our goal is to win a championship," Miller said during his introductory news conference at Cleveland Clinic Courts. "To win a championship it takes a lot of hard work. It's one of the hardest things you will ever do. I was able to be a part of an unbelievable ride in Miami and for us to have a second chance at that here in Cleveland is a blessing and we are excited about the opportunity."
Miller, 34, knows that same pressure will be placed on the Cavs this season.
"One thing we can take is we have been through the experience," Miller said. "It's going to be crazy here next year and we understand that."
Miller, who averaged 7.1 points per game last season, reportedly signed a two-year contract worth $5.5 million. Jones' deal is believed to be for one year at the league minimum.
Jones, 33, is an 11-year veteran with two titles and valuable playoff experience that will be mixed with a young core led by All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, forward Tristan Thompson and guard Dion Waiters -- and possibly forward Kevin Love, who could be headed to the Cavaliers in a trade with Minnesota before the month ends.
"That experience is a prerequisite for extended success in this league," Jones said. "When you talk about winning championships, it's an inexact science but the components required are consistent. You need youth, athleticism, basketball IQ, chemistry, shooting and skill. But more importantly, you need a culture of winning.
"The only way to establish a culture of winning is to have wins. Myself and Mike, we have been blessed to have the opportunity to have this experience in Miami where we have developed a championship-caliber team and we hope we bring that here. When you mix that veteran leadership and experience with the bright future that these young players have, there is limitless potential. As you get older you realize the one thing that this game is about is winning. You need every component to do that and we just hope to be two pieces of the puzzle."
Jones has averaged 5.7 points while shooting 40 percent from 3-point range in his career.
Following a disappointing season in 2013-14, the Cavs drafted Andrew Wiggins with the top overall pick, signed coach David Blatt and top assistant Tyronn Lue, rekindled with James and re-signed the four-time MVP after a four-year separation.
"I don't know if you can have six months like we've had, but it's been special," Griffin said.
Along with the potential deal for Love, which more than likely will cost the team Wiggins, Cleveland also has interest in signing free agent Ray Allen. Allen is weighing retirement against a shot at a fourth championship ring.
Jones recently spent time with Allen in Connecticut.
"We talked about those things that are important to us, which are families, our legacies and our careers," Jones said. "So he has a decision to make. Of course we'd love to have Ray. Hopefully he makes a decision that's best for him, and hopefully it's a decision to continue to play. But as far as where he goes and what he's thinking, I don't know."
Miller, who played with James on Tuesday at the star's high school alma mater in Akron, said James looks good following a recent weight loss.
"I think his passion for wanting to bring a championship back here to Cleveland drives him more than anything," Miller said. "It's one of the reasons me and James are sitting up here and we're excited to be here. That's one of the reasons, because he's driven to do that and that's exciting. For as much as he's given us, for us to be a part of this and hopefully help him do what he wants to do would be awesome."