Mike Miller was a consistent contributor for LeBron James and Co. in Miami.
Mike Miller will be taking his talents elsewhere this coming season.
Just said this on @TheTicketMiami: from what I am hearing from multiple sources, the Heat are likely to amnesty Mike Miller today.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) July 16, 2013
Soon after, the Miami Heat officially announced the move via the team’s Twitter account:
OFFICIAL: The @MiamiHEAT have waived Mike Miller per the NBA's Amnesty provision.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) July 16, 2013
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the move will reportedly save the Heat $17 million in luxury tax payments:
Arison, however, was facing $33M luxury tax bill & Miller amnesty saves team $17M in taxes. Still owe him $13M in salary over next 2 years.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 16, 2013
Certainly, some fans are shocked by the news.
Its a sad day... The heat waved mike miller....— john sirgant (@JohnnySirgant13) July 16, 2013
Dag, no more Mike Miller..— Andrew Williams (@KingboyGraphix) July 16, 2013
Without question, when Miller received playing time, he contributed mightily during his three seasons in Miami.
During Game 5 of the 2012 NBA Finals, Miller hit seven three-pointers, which helped energize the Miami surge en route to the team’s first championship of the Big Three Era and the franchise’s first since 2006.
Miller also helped propel the Heat to the 2013 NBA Championship over the San Antonio Spurs. His eight points—including a memorable three-pointer with only only one sneaker on—during Game 6 were instrumental in pushing the series to a Game 7.
While the move had to be made to avoid the penalties that would be brought on by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, some fans have expressed that it was a bad move for the Heat to make:
Heat games will not be the same without @m33m! I can't scream when he comes on!I will always be in denial. Alright back to the crying corner— Aida Bermudez (@starlight0820) July 16, 2013
Likewise, some even feel that the Heat should have released Joel Anthony instead of the three-point marksman:
The Heat waive Mike Miller but not Joel Anthony? That doesn't make any sense— Eddy Corrales (@MrEddyCorrales) July 16, 2013
would not have got rid of Miller.. definitely shoulda got rid of Joel Anthony— Kraig (@krunger20) July 16, 2013
Well—from a monetary point of view—the Heat's decision to use the amnesty provision on Miller instead of Anthony makes sense.
According to ESPN Truehoop’s Derek James, if the Heat did choose to use the amnesty provision on Anthony, it would have only saved them around $11 million:
Even if Miller saves them $18mm compared to Anthony's $11mm, Miller's helped them win two titles. $7mm could be made up if they won again.— Derek James (@DerekJamesNBA) July 16, 2013
Although injuries and age have gotten the best of him in recent years, Miller is still a good role player that can score in bunches.
Per 36 minutes, Miller shot 41 percent from beyond the arc during his three seasons in Miami.
To some, that number may seem a bit low for a player that is supposedly one of the most lethal shooters in the game, and that is just, seeing as the amount of wide-open looks LeBron and Dwyane Wade create for those around them are pretty substantial.
However, during the 2012 and 2013 NBA playoffs, Miller shot .404 and .467 percent per 36 minutes, respectively.
Going further, Miller’s 64.4 true-shooting percentage was eighth-best during the 2013 postseason.
Throughout the previous three years, Mike Miller was a viable contributor for the Miami Heat. And who knows, if the Heat hadn’t received timely performances from Miller during postseason play, maybe things would have turned out differently during the 2012 and 2013 NBA Finals.
With that said, do you think it was a good move by the Heat to release Miller? Hit up the comment section below and voice your opinion.