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Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  43 responses

Mike Miller Is on the Trade Block

According to ESPN‘s sources, Mike Miller has worn out his welcome in South Beach and the Heat are looking to shop him prior to tomorrow’s deadline: “According to multiple league executives, the Heat have floated Mike Miller in several different trade scenarios as they look to upgrade at the center or point guard positions. Miller missed his second straight game Tuesday when the Heat knocked off the Kings 117-87 out of precaution as he recovers from a head injury and an ear infection. Miller is the Heat’s most tradable asset, even though he’s in the first season of a five-year, $29 million contract he signed last summer and is averaging just 5.9 points on 41 percent shooting as he recovers from a hand injury that cost him the first two months of the season. One executive said the Heat have been calling around but just ‘don’t have much they can trade.’ This is literally true, as several of Miami’s players who signed minimum contracts this summer — such as Jamaal Jamaal Magloire and Carlos Arroyo — can’t be traded without their permission because they’d lose their Bird Rights. Two other players, Udonis Haslem and rookie Dexter Pittman, are both out recovering from surgeries. The only other significant asset the Heat have that would merit any interest is the Timberwolves’ 2011 second-round pick, which would be a sweetener at best.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Not happening.

  • http://masterx1983@hotmail.com marchalmadness

    wonder who they could get for him!

  • MUBWAR

    ridiculous news news. When he is fully healthy, Miller will be on the arc knocking dows triples all night long. I don’t have too much trust on JJ nor House. Mike is a keeper Miami.

  • lexluther703

    I wouldn’t mind him being our starting 2 in Chicago, anyone’s an upgrade over Keith “why-am-I-still-in-the-league” Bogans. Although Miami’s gonna be looking for a big man in return, and we’re not moving any of ours. We’ll see what happens though. I think he’s staying in south beach personally

  • Fat Lever

    Well James Jones pretty much is doing what Miller was brought in for at a cheaper rate. Wonder if Raymond Felton is available. Denver already has Ty Lawson as their PG of the future, and I think Miller’s salary is within the percentage of Felton’s. I don’t think Denver would be interested in doing that, but that would be a monumental upgrade from Arroyo/Chalmers.

  • rlz

    How on earth do Jamaal Magloire and Carlos Arroyo have Bird rights in their contracts?

  • MUBWAR

    what’s a bird right?

  • T-Money

    you get firt dibs on all the birds sitting courtside.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    JJ took his job! IF Miller can get his shooting back and stay consistant I would like to have him as I think his ball handling and passing are better than Jones’ but that’s a big if & not really needed in Miami

  • floe

    pat shoulda swallowed his pride and signed shaq when he had a chance.

  • MUBWAR

    loool at T-Money. but seriously what does it mean though?

  • tavoris

    rlz-just anybody in the last year of their deal (even if it’s a 1-year deal) has bird rights. Miami can exceed the cap to re-sign them after the season. no other team can do that (unless they possess an exception).

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic fredd

    shaq ? and have an injured big man to ad to their injury list .. na’ … ( but in a dream, it would have been great )

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    What’s with the “worn out his welcome” ish? Riley is simply exploring what he can get for the only asset he has, which is good business. Miller is a favorite on the team and has done nothing (other than getting hit hard a lot) to turn his teammates or the coaching staff against him. The only way this happens is if we can get quality at the 1 or the 5, and unless Nene or Nash can be had for Miller, he’s not going anywhere.

  • T-Money

    real talk – i’ve been a big fan of mike but i’d trade him for sam dalembert.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Ain’t happening.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Riles is going to wait until Tuesday to see who shakes out. Losing Haslem and Miller for Nene is stupid(that’s what would have to happen to get Nene in a deal) and now what I’m hearing is that Aaron Brooks is the guy they’re looking at.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Troy Murphy too.

  • Stepfan

    @Eboy do yall really need him? I mean you do have James Jones to shoot the tre ball. But Miller can create his own shot. I guess I just answered my own question.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    They don’t need him but……..Riley preached “family, loyalty” yada, yada this particular off-season. Haslem AND Miller could have both took better financial offers from other teams and decided to sign with the Heat for the promise of better things in the form of competitiveness. If Rile’s dumps them, it better be for something a hell of a lot better than Nene or Raymond Felton, otherwise he’s going to have a black eye with both Dwyane and Bron, who both wanted Haslem and Miller on this squad..

  • T-Money

    If they decide to go conventional and always have a point guard on the floor, you only really need one swingman to play 15 minutes a game. james jones can do that. / aaron brooks is REALLY intriguing. he’s more of a shooter than a playmaker, which would fit really well. and he’s fast as hell.

  • Ali

    Hahaha…Thought Mike was suppose to be the one player outside of the big three to step up and put in work once he got health, Hahaha…muggs is scrambling trying to gain some kinda angle on Boston.

  • http://brimartin13@gmail.com Brion

    T-money, I like the Dalembert idea.

  • Brian

    If the Heat trade Miller who will Bron pass the ball to in the waning seconds of the game?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Loyalty? This is business.
    Never forget.

  • MUBWAR

    fvck loyalty. It’s business like Allenp said. If the Heat can Canada’s own Dalembert and pg like Felton, no team will fvck with us.

  • hambone

    Thabeet or Kaman

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    can’t see that as even semi-possible. Miller hasn’t been healthy yet, and at his $ you can’t get anything equal. Doubt it happens unless something really great comes around, like OJ Mayo but that’s a pipe dream

  • JTaylor21

    Where do people get this idea that JJ brings the same things to the table as Miller? Dude can’t rebound for sh*t, doesn’t create looks for others like Miller does, rarely puts the ball on the floor to drive and damn near 95% of his shots are 3pts, so he’s strictly a spot-up shooter. Miller>>>>>>>>>>Jones.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    it would be great to see brooks with the heat and i believe its worth it also.. it would also be nice to see thabeet with the heat.. not much time left tho so we will see what happens

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    good question JTaylor, I don’t think intelligent or informed, whatever, people don’t have that crazy idea, just those that are blinded by hate. James Jones has not scored a single basket in the paint this season, just wanted to let ya’ll know.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    Mike Miller > James Jones.
    Unless we’re talking about 3pt % this year.
    When healthy and given enough minutes, Miller can still give you 15, 5 and 5. Well, maybe not playing with LeBron and Wade…but he could.

  • Red Star

    I wonder which team is willing to help the Heat out?

  • All Day

    Damn, that didn’t take long!

  • steph

    I’m hearing Chris Kaman… Not bad if he’s healthy??

  • dsleepy

    mike miller is a very good player when healthy, but aint nobody trying to take on that contract. he is very much overpaid in terms of years on contract vs. years he will be worth his salary (he’s 30 now).

  • LA Huey

    Meh, you got your untouchables in Bron and Wade and then you shop and listen to offers for anyone else. “This is a business. You aint gone too far to forget that”

  • robz

    trade pittman

  • flash

    dalembert sounds good

  • flash

    or tayshaun prince. he’d make a perfect sixth man

  • Clydesays

    Miller got a 5 yr deal? Wow. Good luck trying to trade that contract.

  • takashi

    try and trade him for either a 2nd round pick or anthony randolph of the t’wolves

  • http://slamonline don

    the heat should go after mike bibby plsin and simple

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