Pacers nearing deal to keep Reggie Miller

Updated: August 19, 2003, 2:33 PM ET

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Pacers say they are nearing a deal to re-sign free agent Reggie Miller, keeping him with the team where he has played his entire 16-year NBA career.

"We're close," Pacers president Larry Bird said Tuesday. "Reggie wants to come back. We want him here. He's not like he was 10 years ago, but he still has a lot left."

A message seeking left Tuesday with Miller's agent, Arn Tellem, wasn't immediately returned.

Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh, who oversees the team's contract negotiations, said he hoped a deal would be completed this week.

Miller, who earned $12 million last year, is the Pacers' career scoring leader but is coming off an injury-plagued season that limited his productivity.

The 37-year-old Miller bruised his right ankle bone during an exhibition game before the World Championships last summer. He had surgery on May 19 and is expected to make a complete recovery.

The injury bothered him all season and he averaged only 12.6 points. He had the worst playoff series of his career, averaging 9.2 points on 28 percent shooting in a six-game loss to Boston.

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