The Miami Heat Angered LeBron James By Waiving Mike Miller

by September 30, 2014
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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.”