Thursday, November 10th, 2011 at 9:20 am  |  36 responses

Mike Miller’s Future Up in the Air

Mike Miller doesn’t know if he’ll be back with the Miami Heat once the NBA lockout ends (he’s selling his waterfront home just in case things don’t work out), but says that he’s doing fine after undergoing offseason thumb and shoulder surgeries. From the Sun-Sentinel: “The NBA lockout is real. So is amnesty. And for Mike Miller so is rehab from a pair of offseason surgeries. So, yes, that is Miller’s Hillsboro Shores estate that recently was placed on the market for $9 million. And no, the Miami Heat forward is not looking to move. Or at least is hoping there is no need. The veteran forward said Wednesday he is just taking stock of the current situation in both his career and the NBA. And that means taking stock of his 9,968-square-foot estate with the $180,000 in annual property taxes. ‘It’s a couple of things,’ Miller said. ‘Just preparing myself; never know what can happen.’ Among the expected provisions in the post-lockout NBA is an amnesty clause that would allow each team to remove one contract from its salary-cap and luxury-tax obligations, with that player still receiving his full salary upon his release. … ‘My thumbs aren’t causing any problems,’ he said, with his right thumb injured at the start of last season and his left at the end. ‘Every once in a while, when I go to play I haven’t been able to do the things I wanted to do as far as wrapping them up with the training staff, that’s what’s made it a little more difficult. And I started to lift two months ago after they cleared my shoulder. I finally got to lift again for the first time in a couple of years the way I really wanted to.’ … All the while, the Heat’s amnesty decision looms. ‘If anything happens with the amnesty, this is just going to be a business decision and I can respect that,’ he said. ‘Teams will only get one opportunity to use it. I can respect that part of it.’”

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  • http://Zogs.ca Zogs

    This guy used to be a filthy scorer, but then tried becoming a passer (which didn’t work out for him), now I guess he’s just washed up.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    I like Miller and hope he gets a chance with the team before they make that move. But if they do release him, I hope they pull in a PG who can defend and shoot the occasional 3.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyd4NPvzKQg&feature=related MUBWAR

    nooo cheryl. we don’t need a pg. chalmers did fine last year & norris cole isn’t bad at all. a C is what we need. a nene type of player.

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  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    THEY NEED DEROZAN!!! Right Mub?

  • LA Huey

    They need to wait and see how well both Miller and Cole can contribute before they decide to cut Miller or get another PG. But they need a starting pivot.

  • T-Money

    Im kinda done w Mike. He was brought in to provide scoring off the bench but he wants to be an all around playmaker. Gtfoh. I dont see a need at the 1 unless you can grab steve nash. Miami needs a decent C and a battier-type at the wing.

  • http://djfklsfl.com Jukai

    T-Money: didn’t you yell at me for having that same stance a year ago?

  • http://www.slamonline,com biged

    @JUKAI, lol. I remember when the Heat got this guy; they fans (band wagoners) was acting like he was the missing link to their championship run.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Miller deserves a healthy shot. He was brought it to provide shooting and then had broken thumbs. And didn’t get any significant playing time to build any confidence. The guy is 31, being “washed up” is not the issue.

  • T-Money

    Juk: last year i had hope based on his play in minny and dc an his outstanding shooting %. Only good thing i can say is that hes an excellent revounder. Nbk: eff buildimg his confidence. Bron and wade were begging him to shoot. Begging! Im just thinking that miller gets tight when expectatipns are high. UD jumped right into a playoffs game and started balling.

  • LA Huey

    There’s also the camp that says you can get what you need from Miller for a cheaper package in James Jones. Aren’t the extras Miller provides redundant considering James and Wade’s presence especially if they got a better center? In theory, couldn’t they get Nene if they dropped Miller’s salary?

  • LA Huey

    T-Money: Looking back, UD’s reintroduction was amazing. He got all his garbage play out in his first game back and never missed a beat after that.

  • O

    This fool had broken thumbS??? How he end up with 2 broken thumbs? He owe Jerry Sienfeld money or something?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Huey Nene is going to command between $8-10M (or of comparable value in the new CBA) – Regardless he is more then likely going to resign in Denver, he said something along the lines of, “if they offer me a fair contract I’m staying here” – And Miller provides defense, rebounding, and general hustle that James Jones doesn’t provide. Infact, James Jones is so non-active on the court he didn’t hit a single shot in the paint up until ATLEAST the All Star Break (they said that during the 3pt competition). If Miller can get his shooting stroke back he immediately becomes the 4th or 5th most productive player on the Heat, and provides a 3rd wing defender that allows them to switch on everything and everyone.

  • http://djfklsfl.com Jukai

    Don’t agree with much of this. UD worked great against smaller teams but was borderline worthless against Dallas… mostly because he played next to Bosh. Bosh and Haslem are kind of clones.
    With Miller, it’s less about confidence… it’s more about role. He needs to be a James Jones CLONE. If he wants a layup, he needs to do it on the break. I want him over Jones because of his defense and passing around the perimeter, but if he keeps cutting across into the paint or running in anticipation of a rebound, I think they should use that 4 million on someone else. This is for the coach to actually decide, but, you know….
    Also, Nene shouldn’t be the focus for the Heat. All they need is a big body who will will front people in the post, that’s all. Dalembert and Przybilla are much more realistic options, but hell, I’d take Kwame Brown, Aaron Gray, Nenad Kristic, ANYONE with size. Hell, throw an offer to Greg Oden, why not.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I can’t post anything. #blamealaska. I tried to post 4 comments, none posted. THe last one I copied and have tried to paste it a few times, it says my comments are multiple, but none have shown up. This comment is a test. Fix your system Slam.

  • http://djfklsfl.com Jukai

    I can post just fine, NBK. Must be a personal problem.

  • dave

    send miller and chalmers to atlanta for jamal crawford…because then the hawks can put teague as their starting point and chalmers as a bach up point, and miller from the bench…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I’m out for the day, nothing is showin up.

  • Mariano

    He should come to SA… He would fit really well in our 3 point shooting system

  • LA Huey

    My bad, I overlooked Nene’s skill set. Oden and Vanilla Gorilla might be nice if I weren’t so weary of them bringing the Blazers injury curse with them (also, I don’t think Portland will let Oden walk). The few games I’ve seen Dalembert play, he’s exhibited poor hoops IQ. No Kwame or Kristic, please. Gray might be alright though. I showed some promise in Chicago, didn’t watch him much in NO though.
    Jukai, your critique of UD is a bit harsh considering he did well when matched up with any non-German big of Dallas.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    hold up the heat won’t be able to get nene?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Sorry for that breaking news datkid… They could trade James for him though? Eh? Eh?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    No they won’t get Nene. Most plausible guy (as I see it) is Dalembert

  • http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/7207951/ncb-derrick-rose-kyrie-irving-37-other-players-nba-one-year-rule-espn-magazine Allenp

    Didn’t we have a discussion before they signed Miller about him wanting to be a complete player and how he wasn’t going to just be a shooter?
    Brit Robson, who covered the Timberwolves, had the same complaint about dude back in the day.

  • http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/7207951/ncb-derrick-rose-kyrie-irving-37-other-players-nba-one-year-rule-espn-magazine Allenp

    Nene is going to want David Lee money
    And the Heat don’t have David Lee money to give him.

  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/a-quick-guide-to-the-issues-of-the-nba-lockout/2011/10/11/gIQAon1ZbL_story.html unf*ckwitable

    Dude was hitting for the heat consistently anyway.

  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/a-quick-guide-to-the-issues-of-the-nba-lockout/2011/10/11/gIQAon1ZbL_story.html unf*ckwitable


  • T-Money

    Allen: we did. But i thought he would see that playmaking was not needed in mia and just shhot like crazy. I was very wrong. Sigh.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Have youever broken your thumbs or torn tendons in them? Do you know how hard it is to change your release to compensate for whatever restrictions come with a bad hand injury like that and still remain confident and productive (at an elite NBA level) as a shooter?

  • http://myspace.com/gametimeweezy Gametimeweezy

    @jukai.. Mike Miller has way more game than and must not ever become a clone of James “Stands-In-The-Corner-All-Night-Long-Waiting-For-Someone-To-Kick-Him-The-Rock” Jones. Just sayin bro…

  • http://myspace.com/gametimeweezy Gametimeweezy

    Mike Miller would actually still be a perfect fit for this team. He doesn’t HAVE to be the number one guy. He already went to college in Florida so the fans will already be adorned to him. And not only is he still one of the premier shooters (i think) but he also has that Brent Barry length where he’s going to eventually just morph into the perfect role player. He also from what I can tell just watching him is he plays with passion, that alone is crucial if you’re gonna be on the same court with Superfriends. GIVE IT SOME TIME TO MESH… sheesh Rome wasn’t built in a day only the 2008 Boston Celtics was…

  • http://sportsnickel.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/silvastpierre.jpg Jukai

    Gametimeweezy: Then he has to go. Sorry. They just don’t need him to drive. Ever. I like him for his defense and they want his perimeter passing. But he should not ever venture into the paint. And if that’s “not using him properly” than trade him for a useful piece. I don’t care if his thumb was the cause of all his misses, I’m not worried about that. He should not be pump faking a wide open three and driving in the lane. Ever.

  • Justin

    Gotta admit, I laughed when T-Money said Bron was begging Miller to shoot. I’m sure the whole team was thinking the same thing about Lebron every fourth quarter

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    $180,000 in annual property taxes. Dammit, man, you could be buying a house for a family of five every year instead of paying that. Buy houses for the homeless, it’s a tax *deduction*!