The Miami Heat Angered LeBron James By Waiving Mike Miller

After winning two straight NBA championships, the Miami Heat made the unpopular decision to use their amnesty provision on sharpshooter Mike Miller in July 2013, which saved the organization about $17 million in luxury taxes.

LeBron James hated the move, according to Miller, and eventually convinced the 14-year vet to join him in Cleveland this summer.

(Heat fans will surely be happy to learn that Miami will be paying Miller the $6.6 million he was due on the final year of the deal he signed in 2010, with the Cavs only forking over $2.7 million this season.)

Per the Plain Dealer:

“LeBron thought it was an unnecessary change,” Miller revealed. “I’m not saying I would have been a difference-maker. San Antonio was unbelievable last year and there are a lot of things that go into a season, but it was difficult for LeBron.


“It was difficult for all of us. It was difficult for me. I had to uproot my family and move again. It was tough. I think he was disappointed because he understands legacies and he understands what he wants to do in life. That’s what makes him special.”


“It was a tough pill to swallow for both of us,” Miller said. “That team went through a lot. The same thing this team is hoping to go through. You’re going to have ups and downs and you grow close. For me, I had a great relationship with LeBron and still have. It was extremely difficult. […] But it also meant a lot to me to see how much they cared, specifically LeBron and those guys, that I meant so much to them. Because at the end of the day, all you have are your teammates.”