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Report: Miami Heat shopping Mike Miller

Feb 23, 2011, 3:42 AM EDT

Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

The Miami Heat need a center. They could use a point guard, too, but center is the big need. They gaze into their playoff crystal ball and they see the Celtics and Lakers and their giant front lines. They realize what a matchup nightmare that would be for them.

So the Heat are dangling swingman Mike Miller in an effort to find a center (or a point guard), according to Brian Windhorst at ESPN.

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 Magliore 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.

Center is the biggest issue for the Heat. Not so much on offense, but on defense the Heat need a guy who can clog the lane, block shots and rebound. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra started Erick Dampier at center Tuesday. He’s that desperate.

Miller did not play Tuesday, but that has noting to do with a trade. He is still suffering some concussion symptoms after getting hit in the head in three consecutive games last week. But when Miller was signed he was going to be the missing piece — the spread-the-floor swingman who would make teams pay for collapsing on the slashing LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. However, James Jones has become such a reliable three-point threat that Miller could be moved if they can find the center they desperately need.

  1. ibleedaquaorange - Feb 23, 2011 at 6:33 AM

    Misleading title/article… you make it sound as though the Heat are desperately looking to unload the guy.

    I do agree that his 3-point shooting can be replaced by Jones, but I think it goes without saying that Jones is a spot-up 3-pt shooter and Miller is not; you lose more than just points there. Plus this guy was a direct request from LeBron… you think he’s cool with the idea of shipping him out before he’s displayed his full potential with this team? Doubt it.

    Haslem’s also untouchable due to loyalty factor… stabbing a true team player in the back is not an option. Gotta get by with what we’ve got, that’s all there is to it.

  2. hnirobert3 - Feb 23, 2011 at 7:29 AM

    I’d hate to see him go because of his potential, but if you can move Miller, Joel Anthony, Chalmers and the T-Wolves’ 2nd round pick for any type of above average PG or C, I’d do it.

  3. loungefly74 - Feb 23, 2011 at 8:23 AM

    this is not a case of “cutting off the nose to spite the face”. the heat will need a big guy come playoffs…

  4. jstrizzle - Feb 23, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    What about Eddy Curry after the T’wolves buy out his contract? Either way not many reliable centers on the market right now so I don’t see much happening.

  5. bigtrav425 - Feb 23, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    hahahahahaha@ Heat…Good Luck with that

    • hnirobert3 - Feb 23, 2011 at 10:36 AM

      Why hahaha? The Celts are offering Jermaine O’Neal’s rotting corpse.

      • loungefly74 - Feb 23, 2011 at 10:44 AM

        the laughter may be from thinking the heat could get a solid center in return for miller…which can happen. ya never know. but like the article suggests, they don’t need an offensive center but a brut to clog up the lanes. who would be available?

        hahaha…j. o’neal’s rotting corpse! yeah, boston knows that guy is done and seeing if there are any suckers willing to bite.

  6. hnirobert3 - Feb 23, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    the laughter may be from thinking the heat could get a solid center in return for miller…which can happen. ya never know. but like the article suggests, they don’t need an offensive center but a brut to clog up the lanes. who would be available?


    I’m calling it right now. Sam Dalembert.

    • thestudiokida - Feb 23, 2011 at 2:04 PM

      I had this same thought yesterday.

  7. 305phinphan - Feb 23, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Why would they need to worry about the Lakers as the article above stated? Last time I checked Miami DESTROYED LA without having a clog center. Plus LA needs to worry about why they can’t beat the Cavs, they are not in the same class as the Heat are right now. The Celtics are a different story. It seems like every time the Heat have played them this year that both Wade and James struggle to get the ball in the basket (as easy as it sounds) it has nothing to do with the Celtics D but for some reason Wade and Bron are off those nights. Either way they will figure something out and make a huge push in the playoffs and possibly the championship.

    • loungefly74 - Feb 23, 2011 at 2:11 PM

      305phinphan, you put way too much emphasis on the regular season. granted, the heat will be very tough in the playoffs BUT without a true big man, teams like the celtics and lakers will pound them inside. they play a series, not just 1 game. i do think the heat have a legit shot at the title but my $ is on C’s, Lakers, or Spurs…

      read this 305phinphan.

      kurt heilin wrote: What was the difference between the Lakers of this Tuesday and the ones that lost to the woefully bad Cleveland Cavaliers six days before? Sing it Aretha:
      The Lakers respected the Hawks, they didn’t the Cavaliers. The Lakers respected the game Tuesday; in Cleveland their heads were already on vacation for the All-Star break. The Lakers decided to respect the defensive end of the floor Tuesday as well.
      Lakers fans were horrified at the loss to the Cavaliers. But people close to the team were not that surprised. The Lakers didn’t respect the Cavaliers, and when they don’t respect a team they show up flat, don’t execute and anyone can play with them. Combine that with Cleveland being the last game of a road trip and the last game before the All-Star break and some people thought it was a trap game for the Lakers. One they walked right into.
      But it’s just a matter of respect. And tired legs (the Lakers are an older team that does not deal as well with long road trips). When the Lakers respect their opponent as they did Tuesday they are a force, one of the league’s elite. Their length is nearly impossible for teams to deal with.
      Tuesday night they were singing respect in a way that would have made Aretha proud. And in a way that should remind everyone that come the playoffs — when they do respect their opponents and have plenty of time to rest — that they are still the champions. And knocking them off that thrown will not be easy. Not in the least.

      • 305phinphan - Feb 23, 2011 at 3:24 PM

        Bottom line is the big three in Wade, James, and Bosh make any team a champion caliber team regardless of the supporting cast. They have James Jones (one of the best 3 point shooters in the game) and they also have Haslem who will be back for the playoffs.

        Also they have the Rook Dexter Pittman at 6’11 348 pounds who was playing well in the minor leagues before his injury and could very well take one of the current Heat centers out of the lineup in the playoffs.

        No one has even seen what Miami is FULLY capable of yet and when they do it’s going to be very scary for opposing teams. On a side note why isn’t everyone in the NBA world getting on Melo for his stunts he has pulled in this whole trade? Granted he didn’t get on television to make his decision but he has acted like a little hoe during this whole thing.

    • loungefly74 - Feb 24, 2011 at 8:10 AM

      “Bottom line is the big three in Wade, James, and Bosh make any team a champion caliber team regardless of the supporting cast.”…the real bottom line is they have NOT won a championship yet. we will see what happens in the playoffs. and IF the Heat do not win, no excuses…remember that.

      I looked up that Dexter Pittman guy…he is in some obsetity awareness program…(images of oliver miller appear!)

      hmmm…i disagree. i think we have seen what miami is capable of already. there was so much pressure placed on them initially, you know those egomaniacs are playing their hearts out to satisfy the critics.

  8. dolphinphan - Feb 23, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    please dont let this kid go. hes struggling now, but he is a stud

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