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Injuries, yes. But don’t think Mike Miller is ready to retire

Jun 11, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

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LeBron James probably said it best about Mike Miller’s assortment of injuries — he needs a body-ectomy after this series. You’d be hard pressed to find a part of him that doesn’t need some treatment after the finals.

But don’t think Mike Miller is done. Despite the report that came out earlier today.

At media day Monday he said he is not ready to retire after this season. Via the Sun Sentinel:

The text message was swift and to the point, only minutes afterESPN reported that he had said these NBA Finals could be the final two weeks of his career.

“What!!!!” was the text message reply from Miami Heat forward Mike Miller to the Sun Sentinel….

“I’m not retiring,” he told the Sun Sentinel (in a phone call). “I don’t know what I’m doing.”

I can give you 18.8 million reasons Miller is not about to retire — that is how much he is owed over the next three seasons. He’s not crazy, he’s not walking away from that. He has back problems that require pain injections, but the Heat will have to use an amnesty clause on him if they want the cap space.

And if he can find a way to get healthy he can contribute. He just might need that body-ectomy first.

  1. simonwelds - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Heat will amnesty miller, freeing up about 6-8 mil a year including the mid level; javel mcgee, Omer asik or another big man is sorely needed

    • sellahh - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:53 AM

      Considering how DeAndre Jordan got 10 mln plus a year, you’re not getting McGee for 8 mln. Asik, maybe.

  2. mungman69 - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    When you get old some guys get hurt a lot (Ray Allen).

  3. rickyspanish - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    simonwelds

    I like Miller a lot, but Javale would be awesome

    • mrwrightsdad - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:39 AM

      which part do you like better, the one in a suit or the one hobbling around looking like he might collapse? amnesty.

      • simonwelds - Jun 15, 2012 at 2:36 PM

        I agree, miller admitted himself he will need multiple surgeries and rehab to play next year, we gave him 2 years to show up; it’s not his fault sometimes the body can’t cash the check the mind is writing !!!!

  4. rocketsbb - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    McGee has potential and is definitely a better pick up than older and more injury prone mike miller. As long as he doesn’t act like a dumbass on the court and gets a post game, Miami would be solid in all areas of the court. He’s already a great rebounder and more size is something every team always needs

  5. p1nch3dloaf - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    He’d prolly have a longer shelf life if he wasn’t so commited to flopping.

  6. vadergriffin - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:12 AM

    Mike Miller should retire so Steve Nash can go with the heat and get #13 from him. Then the Heat will go on a three peat after they lose this year in the finals. Yup, sounds good.

  7. lakerluver - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    I agree, NO decent big man is signing with the Heat for 6-8 mill when they can get 10 elsewhere.

  8. borderline1988 - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    They will definitely use the amnesty clause on Miller.

    Miller has literally done nothing for the Heat for two years now. Both Battier and James Jones can shoot just as well as Miller, and they play better defense. The only thing Miller is supposed to give you is some offensive playmaking ability, but honestly, it’s been non-existent for 2 years, and there’s no reason to think it’ll start now or next year.

    The Heat need to get a defensive centre that offers at least a little more production than Joel Anthony and isn’t a total offensive pilon.
    It doesn’t need to be McGee (who will likely command a lot of money; I don’t know why though). But there are a lot of big young centres who are unrestricted. Fesenko, Spencer Hawes, Asik, Robin Lopes although he’s restricted. You can probably pick up one of those players for around $5 million.

    Or just draft the best centre available in the draft. Anyone with a big body that can move on a basketball court. As long as he’s 6″10 or bigger, it’ll be an upgrade.

  9. sguy2130 - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Pat Riley, executive of the year…

  10. davidcl77 - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Damn boy isn’t worth a dump anyway, so who the hell cares?

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