Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Mike Miller, who helped the Miami Heat to back-
to-back NBA championships over the last two seasons, was waived by the club
using the league's amnesty provision on Tuesday.
Miller, who had two seasons remaining on a five-year, $25 million contract he
signed with the Heat in July of 2010, averaged career lows of 4.8 points, 2.7
rebounds and 15.3 minutes while seeing his role diminish during Miami's most
recent title run. The 13-year pro was slated to earn $6.2 million this coming
The 33-year-old did start five postseason games and appeared in 17 of the
Heat's 23 contests of the 2013 playoffs, but managed just 3.4 points despite
shooting 44.4 percent from 3-point range.
"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," said Heat president Pat Riley. 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, [head coach] Erik [Spoelstra] and the entire Miami Heat
organization. Mike was one of the best we have ever had here, and will be
During his three-year tenure with the Heat, Miller averaged 5.4 points, 3.4
rebounds and 1.4 assists and made good on 41.2 percent of his 3-point shots
over 139 regular-season games.
The fifth overall pick of the 2000 NBA Draft by Orlando, Miller earned Rookie
of the Year honors with the Magic during his debut campaign and was named the
league's Sixth Man of the Year while with Memphis in 2005-06. The veteran
small forward averaged a career-best 18.5 points along with 5.4 rebounds and
4.3 assists with the Grizzlies the following season.
Miller, who has also previously played for Minnesota and Washington, owns
career averages of 12.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists and is a lifetime
40.6 shooter from beyond the arc.
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