Mike Miller was considering retirement this summer after dealing with multiple ailments during the Heat's championship run, but now the 6'8" swingman professes full health and wants to play for the next two seasons, if not more, he tells Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida. Two more years would take him through the end of his deal with the Heat, which includes a player option for 2014/15.
The 32-year-old Miller seemed like an amnesty candidate over the summer, since his contract is worth $18.6MM over this season and the next two. He could once more be on the chopping block when Miami is eligible to use amnesty waivers again next July, Tomasson points out, and Miller grasps that his future is in the team's hands.
"Business is part of basketball just like injuries," he said. "If their business is to financially improve this team, they’re going to definitely do what’s best for them and I completely understand. That’s part of basketball. I’ve been traded before, too. I understand, and that’s what you sign up for."
Miller went with rest and rehabilitation instead of back surgery this summer, said he feels better than he has in five years, though the Heat have cut his minutes. Coach Erik Spoelstra said the club is "thinking big picture" when it comes to Miller, limiting his playing time and putting him on an organized workout regimen.