Mike Miller Probably Won't Be With The Heat Next Season
Say good bye to Mike Miller Heat fans. He'll likely be the team's biggest casualty following the new deal reached between players and owners.
For months the Heat had believed this was inevitable knowing they badly needed to use their mid-level exception to help out some holes on the roster. This information made it to Miller's ears, he put his house on the market. This was with the understanding that teams paying the luxury tax, which the Heat will, wouldn't be permitted to use an entire mid-level exception of $5 million.
Then in the 11th hour of talks the owners agreed to give teams a $4 million "apron" to go into the tax and still use the full mid-level. This gave the Heat a chance to keep Miller, which by all accounts is what they would prefer. But once the literature got to the teams it became known that this "apron" clause has some pretty significant strings attached. Those strings probably will force the Heat's hand.
So, basically what all that complicated contract-talk means, is that that Miller will wind up somewhere else in the next few months.
Though, Miller may not be the only causality. It seems unlikely, but not impossible that Udonis Haslem could be on his way out too. Windhorst suggests Miller and Haslem could be part of a deal with the Denver Nuggets to land singularly named center Nenê. Though, this morning The Herald cautioned , "Considering the loyalty Haslem showed the Heat last year, that seems unlikely. Haslem gave up millions to remain with the team and is a hometown star."
Nene may not be the Heat's top target for center. Apparently the team has some mutually felt interest in Samuel Dalembert .
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