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Miami is not going to amnesty Mike Miller. This year.

Dec 7, 2011, 11:59 AM EDT

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Another guy who was thought to be a certain amnesty candidate is going to be with his team for a while.

Miami was expected to amnesty Mike Miller — who is coming off an injury plagued season and now has had a hernia surgery that will cause him to miss the start of the season — if they needed his salary slot for another player. But after looking around at the market and what they can get, it looks like Miami will give Miller another chance.

Miller seemed to hint at that after speaking to the Heat leadership this week, saying he felt much more solid. Then there is this note from the New York Post.

According to a source, the Heat have decided against using the new clause on Miller, despite his most recent surgery.

When healthy Miller is a good fit for what the Heat want to do. He is a stretch-the-floor shooter with a quick release, is long and a good rebounder for his position, plus is a solid team defender. On paper he should play very well along side LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. But that paper isn’t injured all the time.

For now, Miller gets another chance, and with the new amnesty rules it means he will be with the team all season. Next year we will go through this again.

  1. trueballs - Dec 7, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    As much of a head-scratcher this seems..I think it’s a good idea because of the FA’s today and the shortened season. He will be hopefully be back on the court sometime in early-mid January. Do the Heat really want to give the whole mid-level to Battier, 33, who’s “defensive-stopper days” are behind him? There will be many serviceable wing players on the cheap.

    BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CENTER AND PG??? It looks like the Heat will go the vet-minimum route again, but it can’t be worse than last year’s center rotation of Joel, Big Z, Dampier & Magloire. Bosh, Joel, maybe Curry, maybe Kwame, doubtfully Pittman will get minutes in the middle. Also with Bosh in the middle, it gives them less depth at the 4, so I could actually see Juwan Howard back.

    still don’t have an answer at PG, but Chalmers should be their priority right now. There’s no concern about finding a ball handler and distributor with Wade&James.

    • borderline1988 - Dec 7, 2011 at 1:18 PM

      I agree.
      Chalmers is an above-average athletic defender who can hit 3s. Maybe he should be working to up his 3pt%, but at least he has a history of hitting big shots. What else would Miami want from their PG?
      If Chalmers gets injured, they should call up anyone from the D-League who can defend. The PG position is not a matter of emphasis for the Heat. They will live and die by the hands of Lebron and Wade no matter what..

      They should put all their focus on a centre. A legit centre who can rebound, defend and finish will be a massive upgrade to all the useless bodies they have currently (Joel is too small to start), and will release the massive amount of pressure on Bosh to be that guy.

      Dalembert would be a terrific addition in that sense. Obviously Deandre Jordan will be too expensive, but is there any chance the Heat can land Dalembert?

      • trueballs - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:04 PM

        Dalembert is one of the many free agents/centers that will get overpaid this year. He’s getting offers much higher than the MLE. And with Miller staying, the Heat will be over the cap so they can only offer the mini MLE, about 3mil/yr.

        No. Dalembert won’t be there. But I do agree that he’s exactly what they need…a mobile/athletic def.rebounder& shot blocker who can finish, but also isn’t too good where he expects to have a significant role.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 7, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Smart not to amnesty a $5 million contract now. Let’s say (God forbid a million times, poo poo poo) that in the next few years, either Wade, James, or Bosh gets hurt or just plain sucks. Better to amnesty a $20 million contract later than a $5 million contract now.

    But now that I said that, let’s forget I said it.

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