Mike Miller Won’t Retire

July 17 2012 at 5:41pm CST By Ryan Raroque

Despite being continually plagued by several injuries last season, Mike Miller does not plan to retire, according to an ESPN report (via the Associated Press). The Heat veteran dealt mostly with a debilitating back problem last season that would have caused him to lean toward retirement if surgery was required this summer. However, after discussions with his doctor and the conclusion that rest and rehabilitation were viable alternatives to surgery, Miller remains hopeful that he can recover well enough to play again soon. 

The former Florida Gator played in 39 games for the Heat last season, averaging 6.1 PPG and 45.3% shooting from long range in 19.3 MPG. During the playoffs, Miller participated in 23 contests and capped off the Heat's run to an NBA title with a stellar 7-for-8 three-point shooting display in the last game of the Finals against the Thunder. 

Miller is still under contract with Miami for at least two seasons and $12MM guaranteed, with a player option of $6.6MM in 2014-15. Although he wants to return for training camp, the 6'8 guard/forward says he will not rush himself back if his body is not ready to go by then. —–

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