Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 at 3:05 pm  |  35 responses

Miami Heat Waive Mike Miller via Amnesty Clause

Despite repeated calls from team president Pat Riley not to split up the defending NBA champs, Miami Heat owner Micky Arison — facing a $33 million luxury tax bill — has decided to amnesty veteran forward Mike MIller. The team confirmed the move on Tuesday afternoon (Miami saves $17 million in taxes, though they still owe Miller $13 million in salary over the next two years.) Per the Sun-Sentinel: “Mike Miller said he found out late Monday that he would be an amnesty release by the Miami Heat. The amiable 3-point shooting specialist said the next 24 hours, before the team’s formal announcement, brought mixed emotions. Tuesday, in the wake of formally being waived, the 33-year-old veteran of three consecutive appearances spoke. [...] Q: Were you working with the Heat on this, with Pat Riley saying he first tried to trade you? A: ‘No, I was unaware of that. I didn’t know. I knew they had to make moves and things like that. Listen, after playing this many years, I’ve come to understand the business side of it. It is what it is.’ Q: What are the emotions of the moment, knowing your Heat career is over, not being here to go for the three-peat, not being here to go for a fourth consecutive NBA Finals with these guys? A: ‘It’s tough. I think what people really don’t understand is how much time we put into it. And then you also have to factor in the family stuff. You can talk about being amnestied and being traded all you want, and the fact that you may know it’s coming. But when it hits, so many things hit in your head of what you have to do now. What do you do with your family? Where am I going to be? What do I do with the kids in school? And things like that.’ [...] Q: What’s next for you? A: ‘I feel great. I feel great. I’m excited about the next spot. I’m re-energized. I really am. I’m just feeling healthy. I’m ready to play. I started get back in there again last week and I can’t wait to play again next year. Honestly, it’s disappointing, because, I think, being a part of this and going for a three-peat would have been an unbelievable ride and a story. But I’ve been blessed, as well. I came here and got two championships and I can’t thank them enough for that opportunity.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    13 million over the next two years! might as well retire now when he is on top, nice to be remembered by two good back-to-back finals performances

  • Caboose

    Haha wow. Thanks for the ring, see ya!

  • JML-G

    sad to see him go, but i guess it was worth it plus now they can get someone to help at center position (ODEN!?)

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I’m sure Heat fans will be upset but this makes a lot of sense.

  • TR

    What shooter are they going to pick up now?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well, Mickey Arison did say the Heat weren’t making money (which is bullsh*t), so this isn’t surprising.

  • RunNGun

    They should have amnestied Chris Bosh.

  • MikeC.

    Too bad they couldn’t prorate his salary and pay him for the two games/year he actually plays in. To be fair, when he shows up, he shows up big. Heat don’t win two rings without him in the closeout games.

  • shawnkemp4prez

    Come back to Memphis, Mike. We don’t bluff…we also don’t shoot very well

  • LakeShow

    Shane Battier, Ray Allen, James Jones, Rashard Lewis.
    I’d recon.

  • Feez_22

    ya lol. Micky sure does know how to lie to the media. The heat are the 6th most valuable franchise in the nba, sell a ton of merchandise and will probably reach a mega tv deal extension in a year or 2 yet they aren’t making money. LOL

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    Come to BROOKLYN

  • MikeC.

    Bargnani for LeBron and 5 unprotected 1st rounders! Make it happen Walsh!

  • Tony Taylor

    Man im hurt Uncle Mike was a cult favorite on thos team IMO sharp shooter who could do a little of everything on the court defend pass rebound almost saw him as more valuable than Battier this year. But honestly I believe that he was willing to do this given how close he was to retiring last year he probably was not ready for abother grind again this year.

  • RayJr

    Win-win situation for both parties when amnestied. Mickey saves money and Mike Miller is still going to make money and walk away from the franchise with two rings.

  • Max

    Thanks for the chips!

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  • LakeShow

    Not if you care about the team your being shipped away from.
    But yeah… you’re right, it’s kinda hard to be too upset with getting millions of dollars to step away haha

  • RKJ92

    This hurts a lot…

  • RKJ92

    Yep, exactly!

  • Chump Change

    Man, I hate them a little for this. Remember game 5 2012!

  • Max

    On the other hand, I guess he must have been willing to help the team one last way like this. Sort of like how KG/PP allowed themselves to be traded to help Boston rebuild.

  • RunNGun

    +1 for my signature meme.

  • TR

    James Jones has barely played in 2 years, same for Rashard. Mikes been big in the playoffs the last 2 years.

  • grgeblck

    Damn. Sad to hear. Happy for him to have 2 rings, whereas he almost retired after ring no. 1.

  • Vince

    Damn shame. Miller will be highly sought after, I wouldn’t rule out a return to Memphis.

  • djack113

    Yup they should have

  • JRog

    True, but they’ve made the decision that they would be better overall with Oden. To be honest, Miller really got playing time because Battier had a terrible slump.

  • TR

    Thats true and Haslem didn’t really fit in the game plan vs the Spurs

  • The Seed

    He will probably sign with the Clippers or Bulls.

  • Dev

    They desperately need some shooters

  • Dev

    Plus all those playoff games bring in alot of bucks too so FOH Micky!

  • LakeShow

    Every time I see Jones, the dude shoots lights out. They should find him more than 5mpg.

    Rashard can still shoot. Not much else. But he can shoot.

  • Evan Boland

    Yeah everytime I see him on the court I’m wondering why the guy doesn’t get minutes.

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