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Heat’s Miller out for two months after hernia surgery

Dec 1, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

Heat's Miller reacts after sinking a three point basket against the Mavericks during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami Reuters

Mike Miller is injured. Again.

The sharpshooter the Heat brought in to space the floor missed half the team’s games last season with thumb injuries and was never healthy (meaning his shooting percentages dropped). Now he is out again for two months due to hernia surgery, he tells the Associated Press.

“It’s unreal with my luck right now,” Miller said. “When it rains it pours.”

Miller had the surgery earlier in the week.

This might slightly increase the chances the Heat will use the amnesty clause on him — but only if it is to free up salary for another player (or maybe to save money on the luxury tax if another player is brought in via trade). They will not waive him just to waive him.

  1. thejotapee - Dec 1, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    If I were the Heat FO, I’d use the amnesty clause on Miller and attempt to re-sign him 2 months from now, when he’s fully healthy, at a lower price. Obviously theirs no guarantee he’d re-sign with us 2 months from now, but it’s worth a shot and at the very least he frees up some cap space in order to sign Samuel Dalembert, Shane Battier, and possibly Grant hill or Caron Butler.

    • thestudiokida - Dec 1, 2011 at 8:45 PM

      So you’re basically saying you’d give Mike Miller a raise, since you’d be paying 100% of his old contract and giving him a new one. No thanks. Plus I seriously doubt you sign a guy after using the amnesty on him… don’t know all the rules of the new CBA

      • Mr. Furious - Dec 2, 2011 at 7:58 AM

        I don’t know the details this time around, but in 2005 teams couldn’t re-sign a guy they released for the length of the original contract. If that’s the case this time (and I can’t imagine it isn’t), they wouldn’t be able to sign him through either 2014 or 2015, depending on how player options are handled.

      • Kurt Helin - Dec 2, 2011 at 2:56 PM

        That is expected to be the same this time around.

  2. progress2011 - Dec 1, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Miller is a one dimensional, average shooter !

    He can’t defend ” NO BODY ” !!!
    He cant out rebound ” ANYBODY ” !!!
    And he gets taken off the dribble by EVERYBODY !!!

    Get rid of this injury-prone dude !!! He was all hype anyway !!!

    • passerby23 - Dec 1, 2011 at 11:40 PM

      Actually Miller is a pretty good rebounder for his position and a good shooter when healthy, but I agree he’s injury-prone and an average defender. But, the Heat need the quality depth as there is no one behind Lebron.

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