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Miami Heat Rumors: Team Should Amnesty Mike Miller to Pursue Nene

DENVER, CO - MARCH 02:  Nene #31 of the Denver Nuggets dunks the ball in front of Boris Diaw #32 of the Charlotte Bobcats at the Pepsi Center on March 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Bobcats 120-80.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Bob BajekAnalyst IIIDecember 1, 2011

The Miami Heat seriously lacked a center this year, but they could remedy that situation by using the amnesty clause on Mike Miller to heavily pursue Nene Hilario.

It's been rumored that Nene wants out of his Denver Nuggets contract and will test free agency, even though the Nuggets want to re-sign him.

The teams in hot pursuit are the Golden State Warriors, New Jersey Nets, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets.

For the Heat to compete for Nene, they would have to use the amnesty clause on swingman Mike Miller, who is set to make $24 million over the next four years.

Miller had an extremely disappointing 2010-11 season with the Heat. He missed half the season due to injury while only averaging 5.6 points on 40.1 percent (36.4 from three) shooting. Miller was even worse in the postseason, playing just 11.4 minutes a night while averaging 2.6 points a game on 34 percent shooting.

Right now, Miller will be sidelined at least eight weeks after having hernia surgery. The Heat need to amnesty Miller to save $5.4 million and use that, coupled with the $5 million already available, to go after Nene.

Nene, 29, would have to be involved in a sign-and-trade between the Heat and Nuggets. The Heat could give up Udonis Haslem and two first-round draft picks as compensation in order to pry Nene from the Nuggets.

The Heat most like don't want to rely on Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Joel Anthony at center for a second-straight year. Nene provides more scoring and rebounding, having 14.5 points and 7.6 rebounds last year.

By using the amnesty clause on Miller, Miami would be primed to snatch up Nene and have the best chance of winning the NBA Finals.

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