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Miller and Pacers close to deal?

Report says he will get 3-year, $36 million pact

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers are close to re-signing Reggie Miller for $36 million over three years, ESPN reported Monday.

But Pacers spokesman David Benner said Monday night no deal has been made.

"Until an announcement is made, there is no deal," Benner said, adding that the Pacers do hope to re-sign the 13-year veteran.

A phone call to Miller's agent went unanswered Monday night.

The Pacers had four free agent starters entering the off-season, and Miller would be the second to come to terms. Jalen Rose, the NBA's Most Improved Player last season, signed a seven-year deal worth $93 million one week ago. The 6-foot-8 Rose, who moved into the Pacers' starting lineup at small forward, averaged 18.2 points in the regular season and 20.8 in the playoffs. He had a career-high 40 points against Philadelphia.

Miller, who will be starting his 14th year in the NBA, earned more than $9 million last season and averaged 18.1 points — his lowest mark since the 1988-89 season. Miller, who holds nearly every franchise record, has scored 19,792 points, and he holds NBA records of 4,629 3-point attempts and 1,867 3-pointers.

Guard Mark Jackson and center Rik Smits, who has said he is considering retiring, are the other starters who are free agents.

The Pacers have already re-signed reserve forward Austin Croshere to a seven-year deal worth more than $51 million and veteran backup center Sam Perkins to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million.