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Heat Amnesty Mike Miller

2:11pm: The Heat have officially confirmed the move in a press release, with Riley calling the decision "very difficult" and adding that Miller will be "sorely missed."

1:48pm: Mike Miller's agent was informed by the Heat last night that the team will use the amnesty clause to release Miller, according to Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald (via Twitter). Heat president Pat Riley told reporters last week that the team was leaning toward not using its amnesty provision this year, but left the door open to the possibility.

Miller was set to earn $6.2MM in 2013/14 and had a $6.6MM player option for '14/15. The Heat will still pay him those two years of salary, or perhaps a slightly smaller amount if Miller ends up signing with another team. According to Brian Windhorst of (via Twitter), the veteran's reps are reaching out to gauge interest from other clubs.

The Heat won't create any additional cap flexibility this season to add another player by amnestying Miller, but will significantly reduce their tax bill. The exact amount won't be finalized until the end of the season, but like the Lakers with Metta World Peace, the Heat should easily save $10MM+ by removing Miller from their books.

Although Miller had some big moments in the postseason over the last couple years, injuries have limited his production since he signed a five-year deal with the Heat in the summer of 2010. During his three seasons with the team, he has averaged 5.4 PPG and shot 41.2% on three-pointers in 139 regular-season contests.

The Heat had five other amnesty-eligible players besides Miller, all of whom would have still been eligible next summer. Assuming the Miller move becomes official later today, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem, and Joel Anthony will no longer be amnesty-eligible.

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8 thoughts on “Heat Amnesty Mike Miller

  1. Paul Shailor

    Ha! Imagine if they had amnestied Lebron!

    • HoopsRumors

      Heh, obviously some of those guys were stronger amnesty candidates than others.

      — Luke

    • X Marks the Spot

      Imagine Pat Riley handing over the paper work to an intern. Intern switches name to Lebron James or Dwyane Wade. KTVU all over again.

  2. Michael Nguyen

    i remember when the Heat passed on Kyle Korver to sign Mike Miller. I think this team would’ve been better if they signed Korver from the beginning.

    • Z....

      there are SO many things Miller does that Korver doesnt…just saying…

      • ManBearPig618

        Staying healthy doesn’t seem to be one of them.

  3. Z....

    I wish it didnt come to this, but the CBA kicked us in the face. Hopefully this doesnt end up coming back to bite us in any situation next year. Mike Miller…you will be missed. Thanks for all of the effort and those 2 NBA championships

  4. ThePhoenix

    something big is coming…..

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