The Big Duck is flying south.
That was Joakim Noah's favorite nickname for veteran center Brad Miller, who ended his second tour of duty with the Bulls by signing Saturday with the Houston Rockets.
Miller's deal is worth $15 million over three years, a nice payday for a 34-year-old center. He appeared in all 82 games for the Bulls last season, averaging 8.8 points and 4.9 rebounds.
"We were talking to the Bulls quite a bit," said Mark Bartelstein, Miller's Chicago-based agent. "Houston put a ton of time and effort trying to get him, from Day One of free-agency."
In Houston, Miller will reunite with coach Rick Adelman. The two paired up in the past with Sacramento.
"Five or six teams went after him hard," Bartelstein said. "He could have gotten more money, but he really wanted to go back with Rick. He'll back up Yao (Ming). It's a really good situation for him."
The Bulls will probably still like to add a veteran big man. Among the free agents still on the market are Shaquille O'Neal, Kurt Thomas, Theo Ratliff, Francisco Elson, Tony Battie, Jarron Collins, Rasho Nesterovic and Fabricio Oberto.
They also need to add depth at guard and have talked about veteran long-range shooter Eddie House.