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Could Heat use amnesty on Joel Anthony or Mike Miller?

Jul 11, 2013, 12:18 PM EST

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The Miami Heat payroll for next season is set at about $87.3 million, a number that could move a little but not much (the Heat are not expected to use their taxpayer’s mid-level exception). The Heat likely will have the second or third highest payroll in the league.

Under the old luxury tax rules, the Heat would have owned about $16 million in tax money for a salary that high. However, under the new escalating tax rules that kick in for next season, that tax is going to jump to more like $33 million.

Which means Miami may look to trim costs a little by using their amnesty clause, suggests the Miami Herald.

The report mentions Mike Miller, who is owed $6.2 million, but because of the tax reductions taking him off the payroll would save closer to $17 million, reports the Herald (that is cap savings, Miller still gets paid by the Heat so his salary still is an expense). Miller played in 59 games for Miami and averaged just 4.2 points a game in the regular season, but he plays a role they need filled — he was on the court in all seven NBA Finals games for at least 15 minutes each and had some key moments in the Heat’s Game 6 win (he played almost 30 minutes that night). In theory just-drafted James Ennis could fill the Miller role of three-point shooting (and Ennis would bring better defense) but the rookie isn’t there yet.

The other, more logical move mentioned by the Herald is to amnesty Joel Anthony. He is only set to make $3.8 million but the cut would save $10 million in taxes. Anthony’s shot-blocking, defense first role was largely taken over by Chris Andersen by the end of the season, and the Heat brought the Birdman back. While Miami could use depth along the front line, what they need is real size to match up better with Indiana. Anthony would be less of a hit.

For the past few years we have been waiting for the Heat to amnesty a player, but the Heat have sat on their hands. We’ll see if this year is any different.

  1. htownred34 - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    I think if they amnesty Miller he’ll retire

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      And what a way to go out, getting serious run for back-to-back championship teams. Only thing is that I think he’d have to stay in the league to collect his amnesty money from Miami. And if that didn’t matter to him wouldn’t he have retired already? Personally, I think they should trade or amnesty Joel Anthony. Look for a bigger center or backup PG.

      • gregofla - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        He doesn’t have to stay in the league to get the money. The money is guaranteed to him.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Sep 7, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        I’m afraid you do. Teams don’t pay you for being retired.

    • loubearkane - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      If they amnesty Miller say bye bye to Lebron

      • bougin89 - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        What?

      • loubearkane - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        Lebron is the one who wanted Miller in Miami maybe he would get upset maybe not.

      • santi4835 - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        You my friend are probably one of the most stupid/ignorant people on the Internet.

  2. pmx8411 - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    They should keep the sniper and let Joel go

  3. cantonbound13 - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Hey ’72, here’s your chance to make the team.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      If the Heat are interested, I’d take less than I could get elsewhere.

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:08 AM

        So you’re cheap & easy.

  4. 00maltliquor - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Joel Anthony. Hands down. Take that bum to the back of the wood shed and do God’s work.

    • helladonks - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:06 AM

      so, pray for him?

  5. bucrightoff - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Amnesty Chris Bosh. They won the title last year and he basically wasn’t even there for most of the playoffs. A lot of money for the minimal contribution you get.

    • jjthesportsguy - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      While I do agree that Bosh is overpaid, you don’t gain any cap flexibility by releasing him(still over the cap even w/o his salary). So you might as well keep a player of his quality around(still top 30 in the league), rather than lose him for nothing and still not have the ability to sign anyone for more than the MLE.

      • bucrightoff - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        Chris Bosh is a top 30 player in the league? In what league? The Euroleague? Cause if you’d like I can probably list 50 players better than him with little to no effort.

      • jjthesportsguy - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        I’m sorry man, but you’re just not with it on this one. Bosh is asked to take those terrible 15-17 footers in the Heat offense. Some nights he is on, most he is not. Bosh is a beast on the block, but that messes up what the Heat want to do with spacing. Look at him in Toronto, the nights when he has to contribute in Miami, or imagine him on any team that would use him as a traditional power forward. Quit reading into what the media is saying and develop an actual opinion.

      • bucrightoff - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        A beast on the block?!?!?!? And I’m not with it? Maybe I missed the ECFs when Roy Hibbert, he of the 11.9 PPG in the regular season, humiliated Chris Bosh to the tune of 20+points, and reduced him to a 3-point shooter on offense, but yeah what a beast. Chris Bosh is a decent player, and a good third wheel, but you can find a comparable talent for less.

      • jjthesportsguy - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        Let’s see, 9 thumbs up, 1 thumb down. It would appear you’re not with it on this one. You’re talking about 1 game, and at most 9 games a year against the Pacers(if there is a 7 game playoff series). Yao Ming gave Shaq trouble when they faced each other, but I’m not about to ever say Yao was even close to as good as Shaq or ever a top player in the NBA. Yet Shaq a top 5 guy in the NBA had troubles with one lesser player in Yao.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        its debatable, Buc….i googled a few “lists”…and Bosh was anywhere between 18 and 38…

      • bucrightoff - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:32 PM

        Dude, you’re going with the thumbs up/down to augment your argument? Huh…so the NBA is fixed for the Heat then? Cause I can find you many posts on this site where there are more thumbs up than down when its suggested the NBA is fixed for the Heat. So thank you for confirm it must be true because the thumbs up/down tell the tale

        Also, I live in Canada. I saw a lot of Chris Bosh as a Raptor. His game then was the midrange 12-16 foot game. He was never a dominate post player, ever. Better than average? Sure, but look at the average post player now. They don’t exist, they want to shoot jumpers and 3s for whatever reason. If Chris Bosh was such a beast he would have made 37-year old Tim Duncan look bad this past Finals. Instead it was the other way around.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        Just so you guys know, Chris Bosh led the league in shooting (55%) from 16-23 feet last year. He is a sniper from mid range which is perfect for the Heat since he stays out of LeBron and Wade’s driving lanes. He was disappointing in the playoffs and has been a bad rebounder since he joined the Heat BUT he’s shown that he can play elite defense when he’s motivated and he makes guys like Tiago Splitter look like they don’t belong on the court. Heat would be committing suicide to amnesty Bosh.

      • jjthesportsguy - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        Yes “dude”, I am using the thumps up/down argument. All I’m saying in using it is I would take the educated consensus of the readers of this site over an ESPN analyst trying to get views anyday. Also, you must live in one of the provinces in Canada that doesn’t get many channels on TV because Bosh made his career early on with his athleticism around the rim. Again, Bosh with the Heat is not playing in the post. He is playing from 15-17 feet. It’s not very hard for Duncan to guard a guy standing 15-17 feet away from the rim, which is why Duncan was playing some pretty awesome help defense around the rim in the finals. I credit you’re inability to observe that also to the limited TV channel lineup in Canada.

  6. cantonbound13 - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Mickey getting a little tight with the spending? What happens next year when the 3 can opt out? I’m sure LeBron will not want to be only the 13th highest paid anymore.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      “I’m sure LeBron will not want to be only the 13th highest paid anymore.”

      ….Why? He knowingly accepted a contract less than market value in order to win championships 3 years ago, and since then, he’s had 3 Finals appearances in 3 seasons, with 2 Finals won.

      What part of that situation makes you think he’ll go, “Gee, taking less money has REALLY worked out for my career, so that means I’m going to demand more money now!”

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        This could be his last or second to last big pay day. Why should he be paid as much as Chris Bosh who doesn’t even show up for game 7?

      • therealhtj - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:06 PM

        Yeah, he should be like Kobe and demand a raise over his 30mil! It’s worked out so well for Kobe since he took that big extension!

        It’s come down to take the money or put yourself in position to win for the stars of the association. Sucks for them, but it’s the CBA they signed up for. They chose this over non-guaranteed deals.

  7. jjthesportsguy - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    I’m actually kind of surprised they haven’t kicked the tires on Dalembert yet. I seem to remember him saying previous to playing the Heat last season that next year(meaning this coming year) he could easily be on the Heat rather than the Bucks. I think they’re worried Dalembert would mess up their spacing…Birdman hiding out on that baseline and slashing to the rim for putbacks is perfect for their “spread” offense.

    • cantonbound13 - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      Dalembert looks like he’s going to Dallas for more than Heat can offer.

      • jjthesportsguy - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        And that’s likely another reason…While it sounds fun to go win a championship for the veteran minimum, money speaks volumes. I’m shocked the Mavs are offering more than the over-the-tax MLE, which the Heat still have available.

    • juanandonly24 - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      Yeah I think they might ultimately end up signing him. He’s the best big that would ideally sign for cheap and it’s about time they get an actual center.

    • cantonbound13 - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      In 5 years, when Dalembert is no longer playing basketball, would he rather have $20 million in the bank or a possible championship ring?

  8. asimonetti88 - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Former Rookie of the Year Mike Miller. No offense to Miller, he’s had a fine career with a 6th Man and a couple rings, but it really speaks to the quality of the 2000 Draft if he is possibly the best player out of that class.

  9. Blackhawks5xchamps - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Can they amnesty Brons forehead?

  10. casualcommenter - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Pat Riley said in an interview, point blank, that he doesn’t want to amnesty Mike Miller, meaning Miller is only amnestied if the owner, Arison, tells Pat that he wants the $17 million in savings.

    Riley did not, however, exclude the possibility of amnestying Joel Anthony.
    Anthony’s role has gone from starter to 1st-big off the bench bench to garbage-time only the past couple of years. My guess is he’s the guy who gets amnestied.

  11. loungefly74 - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Miller was vital. Anthony…not so much.

  12. miamatt - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    I doubt they use the amnesty clause on any player. Part of what makes Miami such a draw for veteran players is that in Miami they know they won’t be twisting in the wind while trade rumors swirl (see: Ray Allen) and they won’t be embarrassed publicly by being released. Players are asked to sacrifice to be a part of what Miami has become, and the front office does the same.

    Still, just from a cost-effectiveness standpoint, it wouldn’t be a shocker for Miami to cut ties with Anthony or Miller. I still don’t think it will happen.

  13. 13arod - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Let joel go joel i never see him on te court an miller is clutch player

  14. jzone954 - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Canton you should be worried about Melo and 2014 friend…..

    • cantonbound13 - Jul 11, 2013 at 7:07 PM

      Not worried at all. I’m actually not a big Melo fan, I’d rather have Durant when his contract is up.

  15. kb2408 - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    J. Anthony is probably the worst player in the NBA. Though Kendrick Perkins is a close second.

  16. dezglobal - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Trade Anthony for a future second round pick and save the amnesty clause.

    • bougin89 - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      Who would give anything for Joel Anthony?

  17. mattseas - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it. 2 championships ain’t too bad

  18. bellerophon30 - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Mike Miller is the new Horry, leave inside a glass case until the playoffs. They’d save more money getting rid of him over Anthony, but he’s a clutch, big game performer that Wade and LeBron clearly have faith in…..and there can’t be many of those guys on the Heat.

    I say let it ride, unless a big man willing to work for the minimum wants to sign with them, and they need a roster spot. Then get rid of Anthony. But it has to be soon.

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