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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: May 17, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2010 9:24 am

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

I respect the hell out of someone who sticks with their team through terrible seasons and finally gets rewarded. I'm from New England, after all.

Just remember, dude, that when the Patriots and Red Sox finally started winning, I had to defend my loyalty on this site DAILY. You're in for a lot of hammering and a lot of hated posts that you will feel the need to respond to every morning. I had to fire back at Pittsburgh Steelers fans and Indianapolis Colts fans, Los Angeles Lakers fans and New York Yankees fans...

Don't sweat it. HATERS, one and all.

As for the Miami Heat, they have their three stars but trust me, dude, it takes a little more than that. The Lakers of the 1980's do not win without the supporting cast of Byron Scott, the three point shooting of Michael Cooper, Michael Thompson and A.C. Green hammering guys down low, and a great coach in Pat Riely.

My Celtics DO NOT win the title in 2008 without James Posey, Eddie House, and (yes) P.J. Brown.

You need depth to go with those three superstars. I don't think the Heat wins the title next year. But do not fret. They'll win 2 or 3 before the run is over. It may take Pat a year to get some bench, though.



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2010 9:24 am

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

You JACK#$S,

Both players ended up doing a sign and trade with their former teams allowing each player to get the max contracts they were able to get. Get your facts straight before you decide to post then people wont think Heat fans are all ignorant morons.

Since: Jul 10, 2010
Posted on: July 10, 2010 8:51 am

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

Mr. Young:  Miller the "luckiest basketball player"?  You better take a look at Miller's stats.  He is a brilliant shooter who can rebound and assist.  Ask any player or coach who have ever worked with him what they think.  Or, ask his team USA Basketball teammates (Wade and James) what they think of Miller.  I don't think it has anything to do with luck.  Miller has earned his spot on the new dream team!

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2010 8:51 am

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

James and Bosh both moved in sign and trades so they DID NOT leave any money on the table!!! LBJ also talked about leaving a legacy and now that he has become second fiddle to Wade he will win rings but there will be no long lasting legacy for KING LAMES!!!

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2010 8:49 am

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

As long as you're breaking out the 80's, you are now "The Mayor of Simpleton".  Get over your jealousy.  Bottom line;  They all took less money for a chance at titles.   He handled leaving poorly (feel sorry for you Cleveland) but players are tossed aside in a heartbeat when their usefulness ends.  We all love loyalty but the owners rarely show it, so why should the players?  An opportunity like this comes oncwe in a...never.  By the way, you'll be watching their first game, just like everybody else.

Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2010 8:25 am

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

I really like Dwayne Wade.  Chris Bosh is a very good player with seemingly little baggage.  And LBJ was a likeable player.  After yesterday I will root for anyone but Miami.  If Miami gets to the finals against LA, and I can't believe I'm saying this (I can't stand Kobe or Gasol) I think I'd root for LA.

Talk about a quandary! I think I know exactly what you're talking about. They could wind up the most hated team in the NBA...for being good.

Since: Oct 10, 2008
Posted on: July 10, 2010 4:22 am

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

Well, Lebron's "camp" set up the "the decision" as a way to make money for the boys and girls club. Nobody hates the guy for winning, or wanting the ring, it's the way he's going about it. Jordan will always be remembered as the best ever because he won it with a group of guys who he made better. For example, he retires and the bulls can't win it. He comes out retirement and the bulls win it! He didn't need to team up with Charles Barkley and Karl Malone to win it all. Lebron is joining Wades team just like Garnett and Allen joined Pierces team. He will not have the legacy that Jordan has even if the Heat win the next 5. He will be remembered as the guy that went to Wades South Beach team to try to get an easy one. It's bad for basketball. James tried to lure Bosh to Cleveland and he said no because Cleveland is not lucrative. If james stayed at home and won the big game he would be remembered for "David beating Goliath"! Now he's joined forces to be Atilla the Hut and try to dominate the game with a team that should dominate! Good Luck to James but he's lost fans because he's taking the easy way out!

Since: Jul 10, 2010
Posted on: July 10, 2010 3:08 am

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

obviously you dont watch alot of basketball nobody hates him for for going to miami. he just lost alot of respect from fans.  look at jordan, bird, kareem, isiah the list goes on and on.  sure they could have left but what is the fun in having an nba superpower.  you would not have the same level of competition which is the whole foundation of the nba. i am glad to see the three together but doubt it will reap all the rings everyone thinks

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2010 2:28 am

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

Why is it that the sports media and fans that are so critical of this also have NO problem celebrating the Yankees and Red Sox signing whoever they want to in baseball?  If it's so bad for the NBA, why is it not a problem for MLB?  The Yankees and the Red Sox don't have to have specials - theirs is called ESPN News, Fox, ESPN Sportcenter, this site, and so on....Foot in mouth

Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: July 10, 2010 12:48 am

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

Hey Mr. "Basketball Genius"...

Congrats on getting ready to "reap your reward". Part of me, being a die hard Cleveland sports fan since I can remember back in the late 1960s, is a bit jealous, as we've not had a whole lot to cheer about and plenty of heartbreaks. But sports is the "candy store" of life. And even though I, along with millions of true Cleveland fans, have suffered through the Drive, Fumble, Jordan over Ehlo, The Blown Save, The Tribe meltdown, and now "The Decision", I still have a wonderful wife and daughter, and a great profession which allows my wife to stay home and raise my daughter the propper way. I still worship Jesus Christ. My father, also a die hard Cleveland fan (where I got it from) has passed, and we suffered through some of the earlier Cleveland heartbreaks together. But that didn't ruin our great relationship we had. My friends and I, even though we have all moved to different states, still contact and email each other despite never having celebrated a Cleveland championship (although that Ohio State win over Miami was pretty sweet for us...hey, at least we have that!). And even if LeBron had led the Cavs over the Lakers in the finals, or if Mesa would have saved game 7, or if Sabathia hadn't melted down against Boston, and even with the Buckeye National Championship, none of what I have just mentioned would change or even improve. No promotion. No extra friends. No one patting me on the back saying "great job, way to lead your team to victory!" No "free ticket to heaven" when I die.

Sometimes it gets challenging, but I have to remember that sports can't prevent me from being a great father figure. As preached by former Cleveland Browns Defensive End Bill Glass and present head coaches Tony Dungy and Mike Singletary, and reiterated by Ann Coulter, father figures, or lack thereof, are destroying our country. Hey, just look at LeBron, who didn't have a strong father figure, or at least I'm not aware of one. I guess he's stayed out of trouble up to this point, but due to his classless way of abandoning his home, why would I expect anything different? Won't be surprised to read about some sort of scandel involving LeBron, Bosh and Wade outside of some Miami gentleman's club. But hey, what do I know? LeBron is an exception of most black AND white kids without a father figure. Simple stat given by Coulter AND Glass. Of all the people in prison that Glass has preached to, and several alarming stats by Coulter, 98% of those prisoners HAD NO FATHER FIGURE. Pretty alarming! If you don't believe that, just go to a book store and purchase Coulter's best seller from last year.

The point is, it may be great to celebrate Miami Heat championships. But before you start rubbing it in to Cleveland fans, and making such statements as "Closed minded, ignorant fools. Haters without knowing why.", I hope you stop and realize what's REALLY important in your life, your family, being a great father figure to your children (or future children, if you haven't any already), and in being a great American. Enjoy being a Heat fan, and I admire you for not being "bandwagon". Enjoy LeBron. Despite what recently has happened to us, we did for 7 years. You are in for a treat!! Bosh ain't bad either. You already have experienced DWade. Provided they stay out of trouble and healthy, you'll be able to celebrate some championships. But in a phrase similar to Dennis Hopper in Hosiers, "Don't get caught watching the paint dry", here's mine. "Don't get locked inside the candystore of life called sports" 

Oh, and one more thing (starting to sound like Columbo here). Let's praise the REAL heros. The men and women fighting overseas to allow us to celebrate our teams, and to allow LeBron and ESPN to put on Reality TV-like productions like last night. Let's worship Jesus Christ, the ONLY one worth worshipping. And yeh, I'd be a little more excited about that news that they may be able to stop that oil leak in the gulf.... 


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