Miami Heat use amnesty option on Mike Miller and let him go



In 2012, he gave us that 7-point Finals game that swooped the Thunder and in 2013, he gave us the infamous one-shoe-three shot against the Spurs.

Mike Miller has been officially let go by the Miami Heat. After Riley said that the team had no plans on using the provision, today’s developments proved otherwise. With that said, Mike will still get paid the $12.8 million that he is owed under contract.

Removing Miller’s $6.2 million salary for 2013-14 will save the Heat more than $16 million in luxury tax payments under the new, more punitive tax rate that kicks in next season.

“After many discussions internally and a sincere effort to explore the trade market, we made a very difficult decision to use our amnesty provision on Mike Miller,” Riley said in a statement. “Mike had an incredible impact on the Miami Heat; helping us to three Finals appearances and winning back-to-back world championships. This was a very difficult decision for me personally, the Arison family, Erik (Spoelstra) and the entire Miami Heat organization. Mike was one of the best we have ever had here, and will be sorely missed. We wish Mike, his wife Jennifer and their family nothing but the best.”

The Heat’s decision to clear Miller’s salary from salary cap figures (though Miller will still be paid the 12.8 million he is owed) came nearly three weeks after Riley said, “We don’t feel like it’s necessary” to amnesty Miller.

“One thing I’ve learned through 13 years of basketball is the business side of it, and I completely understand it,” Miller said. “But I’ve got a lot of basketball left. This is the best I’ve felt in five years and that might have something to do with the fact that I haven’t played (much). Sometimes, there’s light at the end of the tunnel even when you’re frustrated.”

In the first three games of the Finals against the Spurs, Miller made 10-for-11 on three-pointers, and in Game 6, with the Heat trailing 3-2 in the series, Miller scored eight points and made both threes he attempted.

Mickey Arison tweeted, “Thank you Mike Miller @m33m for 3 amazing years. You’ll always be part of the @MiamiHEAT family #2TimeChamp #LetItFly”

Source: USA Today

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