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Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

Posted on: July 9, 2010 11:30 am
Edited on: July 9, 2010 11:32 am
Posted by Royce Young

The Heat are wasting no time in filling out the active roster. Late Thursday night (or early Friday morning, depending on your location) news broke from Mike Miller's dad that the Heat were intending to sign Mike Miller .

Miller is from South Dakota, so I guess that's where we send his Luckiest Basketball Player in the World Award.

After shipping Michael Beasley to Minnesota for basically nothing, the Heat had a little cap room to play with. And Pat Riley and Miami wasted no time whipping out the checkbook. According to the report, Miller will sign a five-year, $30 million deal.

Miller also had offers from New York and the Clippers, with the Clipper offer being worth a significant amount more, the report said. Also, mentioned, Miller won out over Kyle Korver and Rasual Butler, mainly because of an endorsement from LeBron.

But Miller is just the beginning for the Heat. Since they moved Beasley, but now added Miller, the Heat have five players on the active roster, sans Joel Anthony who has a qualifying offer of about $1 million. Miller's $6 million a year will eat up virtually all of Miami's remaining cap space. That means a bevy of veteran minimum salaries are about to be handed out and as Ira Winderman mentioned in his story, the list isn't that long or that sexy.

Among the names available still: Raja Bell , Larry Hughes , Flip Murray, Zydrunas Ilgauskas , Devean George , Brian Skinner , Damien Wilkins, Trenton Hassell , Jarvis Hayes, Jason Williams, Keyon Dooling , Eddie House , Etan Thomas and Ime Udoka.

Of course Miami still has its three second-round picks it could sign (Dexter Pittman, Jarvis Varnado, Da'Sean Butler) and as Winderman says, could re-sign some lesser Heat players from a year ago (Shavlik Randolph, Kenny Hasbrouck). Finally, there are still undrafted players to be had, like Jon Scheyer and Brian Zoubek of Duke, Art Parakhouski from Radford, Denis Clemente (a native of Miami) from Kansas State, Scottie Reynolds from Villanova and Matt Bouldin from Gonzaga, among others.

Since: Jul 15, 2010
Posted on: July 15, 2010 12:00 pm

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

ok guys before u all annoint miami as the next dynasty remember that these other players they are signing in my opinion are average at best there is alot of injury history with alot of these guys even wade and bosh and to be real they are only a high ankle sprain from being a 50 win team,i know u all can say look at their bench ok lets look at it u have a old broken down center who harldy played for cleveland in the playoffs who is so bad defensively that u might as well play 4 on 5 they sign haslem who is a 9 pt and 8 rebound guy  and miller who is an average 13 pts a game in a 10 year career,ok i understand u dont need a great bench when u have 3 stars like that but holy cow wade and bosh have been injury prone and if one of them gets hurt u have no one to replace him but if 2 get hurt miami is in trouble,say what you want they will be good but i dont think they will win a championship this year,someone will get hurt and or their bench will be just plain bad

Since: Dec 27, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2010 2:53 pm

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami


Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: July 10, 2010 1:22 pm

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

Not a Heat fan, not a Cavaliers fan, but truly amazed by all the vitriol directed at James, especially by Cavs owner Gilbert. Everyone has been saying "King without a ring". So a young man decides to go where he can get that ring, or at least have a much better chance of getting one. No, not a much better chance, a MUCH MUCH BETTER CHANCE.

Look at the Cavs roster prior to James leaving. Shaq, a shadow of his former self (well, as far as b-ball goes). Maybe the next best player after James was Mo Williams. Wow, Mo Williams. Makes opponents quiver in fear? No. The Cavs had a very mundane roster, and if James backed off a bit in the playoffs, maybe it was to gauge if there was anyone, anyone at all, who would step up. Nope. The sound of crickets. So, no way that bunch was going anywhere. And sorry, one superstar doesn't get a championship for team. That star needs solid players at several positions to supplement, and Cleveland simply didn't have the guys. And there was not a single bit of evidence that owner Gilbert pulled out all the stops to get someone who could help James advance the team.

Do I think that The Decision was overblown and misguided? Yes. Do I wish maybe the choice to go to Miami would've been handled more discretely and with more honor to the Cavs fans? Yes. But let's not forget, this is a 25-year old, showered in fame, inundated with money and adulation. I was an idiot when I was 25, and there's no way I could have handled all this as well as James has, even with his mistakes.

Gilbert's statement was way more classless than James' decision to pack up and leave Cleveland. What player would want to go to Cleveland and play for a guy who shows such a public degree of juvenile and unprofessional behavior? I feel sorry for Cleveland's coach.

Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: July 10, 2010 1:21 pm

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

James doesn't know history!  He mentioned Detroit.  Tell me the three superstars they had on that team?  Tell me the superstars they had in 2004?

History.... BULL!

Until the Celtics brought the 3 amigos together no one was thinking that way.  Celtics recieved 3 aging stars past their prime who wanted to win so much they lost their ego and played as a great team like the Celtics of old.  It is called maturity!  Plus no one expected much so they cripped up on people and got off to a create start. 

Rivers has become an outstanding coach probably the best there is right now.  I don't believe the Celtics win unless they have the 3 players, match them up with up with some young talent that pans out and have a couch that gets them to play together with a passion every night.  I don't believe you win without a great coach who can get everyone to play together with a single purpose.  WIN!

I do not think the Heat has that combination even if Riley comes out of retirement.  Believe me Wade, Bosch and James will get tired of his coaching style.  Now Mike Miller is going to play for them.  Don't understand that move.  Why not keep Beasley who is a better player?  Guess Wade didn't like him!

Last I checked you needed a team to win a championship.  Right now they have 5 players.  No center, Miller is weak and Chalmers is a role player.  I don't know who is going to cover a player like Superman or a great point guard like Williams. 

Yes the Heat have 3 fantastic players, but history shows that does not ensure a title.  Just ask the 76ers back in the 60's or the Lakers back in the 70's or even Chicago back when Detroit owned them.  Guess James didn't do his homework!

Great teams not great players win titles.  Celtics, Pistions, Rockets, Knicks, Warriors where all great teams that didn't have the best overall talent yet they were able to beat the teams that did consistantly!

Will I watch the Heat.  Sure.  Will I root for them.  Depends on who they play.  Will I hate them.  No.

Still I feel James had a chance to be something special and to be considered the best player ever.  Now I question is heart or his willingness to go to the next level to get things done.  I actually believe if the Heat does win it will be because of Wade not James.  In the last two minutes of a game he will be their go to guy.  The guy who they feel will not choke. 

Eventually all the doubters will spring up and start to get into Queen Jame's head!  I think the weakest superstar on the Heat is actually James.  His mental toughness is not on the level of Wade and Bosch will not be held up to the level of the other two.   So James will always here how he is second to Wade.  Believe me his team of creeps will not stand for that for very long.

So enjoy the summer and all the possibilities, but just realize the reality of playing the game might not live up to the expectations everyone seems to have.

I think James will be traded sometime in the next 6 years unless the Heat wins a title in the first 2 years.

Going to be interesting to see who the Heat can get to play for the minimum.  I want to also see how creative they get to stay under the salary cap.

If the heat is smart they would offer Big Shot Bob (Horry) a chance to play.  What does the guy have 7 rings?

Go Thunder!  The team with the best player in the league....:>)) 

Wonder how much attention James is going to get averaging 17 points 8 rebounds and 7 assists a game while having the ball around 35%?  You think ESPN will have him or a guy putting up 30+, 10+ and 3+ leading a team of nobody's to 50 wins?

It is a lot more fun to watch a player like James try to take his team to a win than to watch Wade, James and Bosch.  Guess that is why no one really watches the USA play except the foriegners......  Not great to see Wade shot 8 times a game or Bosch get a total of 18 touches in a game or for James to score 10 points on a 5 for 7 night.

Basketball is entertainment and having 3 great players who use to carry their teams play together is not going to be as entertaining if they play to win.  Now if they play like the old 76ers or Lakers who had even more superstars than they will be fun, but come title time they will get beat by a team that players like a team.

Russell was not as good as Chamlerlain, but Russell's teams were much better!  When a player scores 50 on you and grabs 30+ rebounds against you.  I think they can say as a player they are better.  However, when it counted Chamberlain never had anyone who could make that last play to win the title and the Celtics seemed to have a team full of them.

The greatest team talent of all time was not the Bulls, Pistons, Lakers or any other recent team.   It comes down to a 76er team that had Dawkins, Jones, Cunningham, Erving, Toney, Collins and Cheeks.  Yet how many titles did they win?

Good luck Heat! 

One last thing.  Giving up 2 million when your non basketball income is over 20 million and your salary is 16 million is not giving up much!  Plus when he is 31 he will still be able to command another huge salary!

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2010 12:57 pm

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

Everyone of you bitching about this is a hipocrit.  For YEARS we have heard nothing but complaining from fans about players only being in it for the money.  Now look, three players have taken LESS MONEY in their PRIME for the first timeactually they are getting more money !

bosh sign and trade and lebron sign and trade so neither gets less but with no state income tax they actually get more.

they could have taken less and not sold out future draft picks but Lebron wanted his money so miami had to give up 2 1st rounders and 2 2nd rounders so he would not lose money.

do the research.

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: July 10, 2010 11:54 am

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

Congrats on being a Heat fan! Everyone would enjoy your situation, but from the outside, I do think they just bought a NBA taking less money and in essence cheating the cap, they can all play there. Where does it end? Will Kobe take less money to have better players come in? If Miami wins 3 in a row, some of the other players will do the same thing and then it will be come a 2 or 3 team league....How fun will that be? Enjoy Miami, I won't be watching or going to any games...I don't have a problem with the ESPN show, at least he raised some money for the kids....

Since: Apr 20, 2010
Posted on: July 10, 2010 11:38 am

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

Speak the the truthe to the hater youthWink

Since: Apr 20, 2010
Posted on: July 10, 2010 11:34 am

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

You are a hater: seek professional help.

Since: Apr 20, 2010
Posted on: July 10, 2010 11:26 am

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

Trust me you don,t represent TRUE BASKETBALL FANS, speak 4 yourself

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2010 9:26 am

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

For one, you spelled geniuses wrong. Lebron did set up the decision, and ESPN gave him his hour. Almost as many viewers that watched the Super Bowl? I don't think so. This year's Super Bowl went down as the most watched televison event in tv history with 106.5 million viewers! How many viewed Lebron's decision, 8.4 million. Yep, that's almost as much. You mention Shaq bouncing around. There's a big difference. By the time Shaq was TRADED to Miami, he already had 3 rings. As far as him bouncing around, that was him unwilling to believe that his best days were behind him and didn't wanna hang it up. Lebron gave a history lesson about winning championships? Really? The only championship he could talk about is his state high school basketball championship. If any one player should be giving a lesson, it's Kobe. He's right about one thing, more than one superstar is needed. If you have 2 and a good supporting cast, then you should be golden. Lebron shouldn't be talking about championships when he hasn't won shit. I won't say that Miami won't win any, I just don't think they'll win as many as some people think. I think this 'Big 3' will split before they can create any kind of dynasty.

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