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Report: Heat to go after Andre Miller as free agent

Jun 6, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

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Miami clearly needs something. Is that something a new, quality point guard? Is a guy used to having the ball in his hands and creating shots for others going to mesh with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on the court?

But the point guard line of thinking seems to have gained some momentum. There have been suggestions the Heat may reach out to Steve Nash, if Nash is willing to take a steep paycut.

But Chris Tommason of Fox Sports Florida tweets the Heat also are eyeing Andre Miller of Denver (via IamaGM).

Been told Heat will take look in summer at FA point Andre Miller who wants to play for contender But would Miller take pay cut $7.8M to $3M?

Miller kind of answered that last month.

“At this point in my career, if I’m going to be a backup, I’m going to be a backup on a championship-caliber team.”

What he didn’t answer was the money question — would he take less to chase a ring? How much less? Several million less? That’s a lot of scratch.

Miami needs to make roster changes and with the big three making $52 million by themselves it is not simple because $3 million is their best offer.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    What are the chances that anyone actually associated with the Heat, took the time between a tough Game 5 loss and the potentially season saving Game 6 to call some hack at Fox Sports to say they are going to “take a look at Andre Freaking Miller?”

    Man this web site is messed up.

  2. limonadamas - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Not sure how it’d all fit together (i.e. adding yet another guy who needs the ball in his hands), but Andre Miller would be a great asset on any team. He’s been really underrated his entire career.

  3. charlutes - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Heat to blow themselves over and over again until they are champions

  4. cantonbound13 - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    I believe it was LeBron who said that Pat Riley could suit up at point guard & they could beat everyone.
    Maybe they should trade the Chokin One, Diva flopper Wade and Mr. Softy.You could get a package like Derron Williams, Howard and a proven winner like Kobe.

  5. meroyero - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    sounds like the Heat have already given up and are looking ahead towards the offseason.

    • mannyfresh209 - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      given up? does this say they packed their bags and are contacting FA’s? them NOT looking in to options for future seasons is called being complacent. lol

  6. astrosfan75956 - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    They need to get Steve Nash!

  7. asublimeday - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Nash would have a bigger role and just as good of a shot with the bulls. Why be hated when you can be loved?

  8. BLEED BOSTON - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    They need more talent? I agree they are not the best supporting cast but a team with their big three should be able to win. Enough excuses.

  9. tomtravis76 - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    They need a true PG, who can run a set offense, Spolestra has let this team down by not running plays , adjusting to what the Celtics are lacking/doing. And they need to ditch Bosh for another big man who play tough down low. Bosh is so talented but too much of a woman to be 6’10 in the NBA, making that much cash on a cash starpped team,if he had any toughness the Heat would be the most dominant team in the league. The Heat dont need a PF who likes to take jumpers and grab wide open rebounds , they need a banger.

  10. basketbrahma - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Dumb! Dumb! Dumb! HEAT dont need a PG, Chalmers is sufficient since Lebron is de facto PG anyways. If they were to sign a PG, Andre Miller is not the answer, as he can’t shoot. Wade, and Lebron both can’t shoot 3’s, the other wing has to be able to.

    They need to amnesty Mike Miller, dude is broken and not consistent for his money.

    HEAT fans are the worst. There were points in the game when it was dead silent. Look at the fans of the other contenders, consistently loud. Creating energy to help the players, instead of the players having to energize the fans. When Bosh was checking in, where was the fan support? pathetic.

  11. berbes - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    is it too late to get rodman or pippen?

  12. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    It doesn’t matter who they get, they won’t win with James and Wade together

  13. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    It doesn’t matter who they get, they won’t win with James and Wade together

  14. diablito0402 - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Hahaha, they already talking on bringing in free agents to miami. Wow give the heat time heal their wounds, anyone who plays in miami will have to swallow their pride and play for peanuts.

  15. sellahh - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    adam sandler

  16. sellahh - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    btw, did anyone ever notice how Wade’s facial expressions are extremely like Stallone’s, as in Rambo? the way he flexes his mouth, his face, his arms… okay

  17. dadawg77 - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Could the Heat bring in a Nash\D’Antoni combo? That roster is built to run and gun so seven seconds or less system could work very well.

    • gmen4life33 - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      Thats scary how good thy could be, stop talking about it lol. mostly because Lebron/Wade would play defense, so scoring 100+ like they would, would be unbeatable. Dont give Riley these ideas!

      • lmoneyfresh - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:22 PM

        Zero chance of that. You can’t play the kind of D the heat play AND run n gun. Considering this team has zero depth and relies on 3 guys to score 80% of their points, that would be a recipe for disaster. That would be a fundamental change for the Heat and we’ve all seen that D’Antoni’s system doesn’t work because he refuses to acknowledge the defensive side of the ball.

      • dadawg77 - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:38 PM

        I would disagree with depth for two reasons. One with Nash, the Heat would have three Hall of Famers (Nash, Wade, James) and one All Star, with LeBron and Bosh at their peak.
        Two, this changes the type of offensive skills needed. They lack depth because they really don’t have anyone who can create their shot besides the 3. Adding Nash and an up tempo attack creates a lot of shots for everyone. There are tons of players in college and the D who are quick long but lack half court offensive skills. Thus they will be cheap and easily replaced.

        The reason this would fail is if 3 play too much hero ball. D’Antoni’s system does work when players buy into it. Playing hero ball doesn’t fit it thus it failed with Melo. He simply wouldn’t run it. Maybe the lack of hero ball system would benefit the Heat as their best player doesn’t seem fully comfortable playing that style.

        Another thing with Riley having backstabbed Westhead, his team running this system would be height of basketball irony.

  18. lakerluver - Jun 6, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Might as well start looking towards next season, huh, “Heatles”?!!

  19. drewzducks - Jun 6, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    They know they can’t use him tomorrow right?

  20. lakerluver - Jun 6, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Maybe once they sign Miller, Nash, Ray Allen, Allen Iverson, and Greg Oden the “Heatles” will FINALLY have enough to win!!

  21. southpaw77 - Jun 7, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Why does ESPN and every article gotta help Miami? Those 3 guys teamed up and said they’ll win, not six but, 7 titles or more so with them 3 eating up all the cap space, go and do it.
    How many more players do they need? Deron, Howard, Kevin Love, Jason Terry? Give me a break.
    What’s another aging players gonna do for them anyways and Nash? Nash couldn’t sit out there like Steve Kerr because he tried that with Shaq and he didn’t like it or get into a rythm. Nash needs to ball in his hands to create and face it, Wade and LBJ aren’t knock down set shooters.

    Talk about breaking them up if and that’s if they are eliminated first.

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