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.
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.
---The New York Knicks traded forward-center Jeremy Tyler, guard Wayne Ellington and the rights to their 2016 second-round draft selection to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for forwards Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw.
Ellington has averaged 6.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 302 career games with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies, Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks and the Knicks.
Tyler has played 80 career NBA games with the Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and the Brooklyn Nets with averages of 3.8 points and 2.7 rebounds.
---Blake Griffin resumed workouts in Los Angeles with teammate DeAndre Jordan and said he has no limitations from a back injury that led him to bow out of Team USA training camp last month.
"My whole thing is that I didn't want to go into (Clippers) camp and put myself in a worse position," Griffin told the Los Angeles Times. "It's not that my back is broken and I'm walking around with a broken back, or I'm in so much pain.
"But if I start playing basically two months earlier than everybody else and then go through all of next season and the playoffs, then I'm probably going to put myself in a bad position. I couldn't do that."
Griffin confirmed there is a small fracture in his back. Provided he doesn't overdo workouts, Griffin anticipates no restrictions during the NBA season.
---Nike, Adidas and Under Armour are chasing Kevin Durant, who is a free agent in the shoe and apparel endorsement company race with a $60 million contract that tied him to the Swoosh expiring.
Durant, who has two years and $39 million remaining on his current contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder, could command more than $30 milion per year from a shoe company. Under Armour could try to lure the Maryland native with an even more lucrative offer.
Nike and Adidas, which has Derrick Rose, Damian Lillard and Dwight Howard leading its stable of NBA players, are competing for Durant's signature.