The world champion Miami Heat have parted ways with veteran swingman Mike Miller.
The move, first reported by Ethan J. Skolnick of the Palm Beach Post, saves the Heat $12.8 million over the next two season. Miller was owed $6.2 million during the 2013-14 season and had a player option worth $6.6 for the following season. Miller will still see that money, but his salary won’t count against the cap.
“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 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 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.”
Miller will be best remembered for his performance in the 2012 NBA Finals. In a deciding game 5 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miller scored 23 points on seven-of-eight shooting from beyond the arc.
“I want thank the Heat organization, my teammates and the fans for an amazing run,” Miller tweeted.
The deadline for NBA teams to use the amnesty clause is tonight at 11:59 pm EST.
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