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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: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:57 pm

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

If he really wanted a chance to win for years, he should have gone to Chicago where they have enough young talent to surround him.  That would have been the best situation because he still would have been the star but would have had the strongest supporting cast he's ever had.  He would have played along side upcoming superstar point guard Derrick Rose and rebounding machine Carlos Boozer.  If you didn't notice the bulls played great team defense last year leading the league in rebounding.  Adding Boozer a big man who can score and rebound, already puts them in contention.  Adding LeBron would have put them over the top.

Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:54 pm

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

SXM-MAN: I see your reputation is that of a small child, so allow me...

Lebron's crew paid for and set it all up.

When you watched that scenario, did you not think in your tiny brain, "Wait a second, tiny brain, does Jim Gray even work full-time for ESPN???!?!?!"

Well, tiny brain, I'll answer for you. No. ESPN has put in lots of marketing to make their own regular Sportscasters celebrities. If they had set this up, wouldn't they have used those guys (Stu, the lot of NBA experts, Wilbon, etc.) for it?

For the record, why do people try to make things up on these forums? I understand our opinions vary, and that is fine, but facts dont change. If my grandmother can search on Google, surely the rest of us can, too.

Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:50 pm

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

I agree 100% with you Pats&Giants17.  I will be rooting against the Heat like ive been rooting against the yankees for years.  This team will never work out anyways though.  The egos of LeBron and Wade will clash in close games when they both want the ball. I can't wait until two years from now when LeBron is ringless and wants out of Miami.  By the end of his career LeBron will be lucky to even be in the same conversation with the great Michael Jordan.

Since: May 7, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:45 pm

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

I am betting all these Heat fans calling people idiots and morons would be the same people bashing the Queen if he choose Chicago or NY over them. For one I hope Lebron never wins a ring. I never liked him coming into the the league and now i dispise the guy. He is a WIFM guy (What's in it for me) and he showed true character last night that he has zero leadership skills. He does not have the leadership ability to take a team to the NBA finals and win a championship. Miami fans yes you will get your rings eventually I hope not, but it will happen barring any injury to the big 3. One goes down and you are screwing the pooch something big. Lebron realized he cant lead and needed to get with DWade to make it happen. Personally I hope to see a Laker/Heat finals and watch Kobe and co. put a dagger in their hearts and host the NBA Championship trophies in their face. LeBron is an over hyped kid that needs to take a mandated course in "How to have Class" since he has none. He spit in the face of all the Cav fans and those I feel for, and watching Lebron last night after they showed him fans burning his jersey and that smug f"ing" smirk on his face stating "Not really concerned about that right now" was the worst part of the night and let me know everything I needed to know about this turd.

4 Tickets to the game to watch Lebron and the Cavs: $300.00
Hotdog/Sodas $50.00
#23 Lebron Jersey$100
Watching Lebron piss on all the loyal fans: Pathetic

My apologies to all Cav fans you spend endless working hours to support this jerk off and he leaves you with nothing. You cant teach class, you can take the guy out of the hood but cant take the hood out of the guy.

Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:43 pm

The Heat are known to be First Class

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 time I can remember and the general public destroys him for taking the "easy way out".  You are all morons as is this article.  For once the players did something that was not about MONEY and instead about winning and we STILL complain.  James should have stayed where he would have gotten the most money.  Cleveland. YEAH RIGHT.  EVEN KOBE said he was leaving LA unless they got the players he wanted around him.  Guess what, if they didn't get those players he would have LEFT.  SO SHUT UP and respect that for the first time in the free agent era history, someone changed teams for LESS MONEY so he could play in a city that actually is a city, and somewhere he felt had an owner, and executives to create a winning team.  EVERY PLAYER who has played for the HEAT and moved on has had nothing but the best things to say about the organization.  Most have said it was their best experience in the NBA.  That speaks volumes and obviously made a difference to Lebron, and the Cavs owner letter proves this.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:42 pm

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

This is hilarious... The Miami Heat, MY MIAMI HEAT -- Have become the NBA's version of the Yankees.  Loved by Some, Hated by Most, ENVIED BY ALL... I kind of do feel bad for the people of Cleveland, but I won't feel bad for Chicago, New Jersey, Los Angeles or New York.  Derek Jeter was once asked what the best part of being a Yankee was, he said it wasn't the cheering but the Booing! He loves it just like Miami fans will love being hated by the other franchises.  BTW, Don't be moronic -- why wouldn't Mike Miller sign with this team? He might have the inside track to the All Star game and the NBA Finals.

So... To people hoping to jump on the bandwaggon, please don't -- build charachter!  To the real Heat fans, Riley is scheduling the parade down Biscayne Blvd. as we speak


Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:38 pm

Mike Miller won't help Miami.........

This is great news!!!  Let Miami spend the bulk of their miniscule cap balance on Miller.  Sure, the guy can shoot and is a good ball handler for his size, but he is ALWAYS injured.  Fragile with a capital F.  The Sad Triad are going down in flames.  Ego will kill them, not to mention the fact that there isn't going to be anyone capable of filling in when they need rest or are injured.  This house of cards is going down in flames.  Mark my words.  I just hope that James moves completely out of Ohio.  Cleveland doesn't need traitors like him around.  You have been totally disowned, LeBron.  Start claiming that you are from South Beach.  We want no part of you. 

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:34 pm

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

Umm...smarty pants....before you go on and on about people having brains, at least get your facts straight.  Incredible, the amount of talking some people will do without having things correct.

First was Lebron's team who approached ESPN with the ideal of announcing his decision on their network.  They did it under the idea that all proceeds would go to the boys and girls club.  Check it out, it's been widely reported all over the internet that Lebron's team initiated the 'Decision' show.
Secondly...they are NOT going to take a 'ton of money less' as you put it.  As a matter of fact, case you bother to take your head out of the sand, or some other part of the anatomy, you'll notice that Florida is one of a handful of states without a state income tax.  The players would have to take roughly a million dollars a year less than they would have gotten from signing with any other team, NY, CHI, CLE.....which the lack of having to pay a state tax evens it's not a pay cut at all!!  GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT BEFORE YOU BERATE OTHER PEOPLE!!!!!
Before you start planning your parades...try filling out your roster first.  Good luck playing five on three.  And just to throw some history at you, genious boy....Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, and Wilt Chamberlain-a trio much more fearsome than the one that will not play in Miami, played for the Lakers from 68-70.  Do you know how many championships they won together? ZERO!!!  Chemistry, and being able to play together is a lot more difficult over the long haul than just throwing a bunch of all-stars out there and hoping they'll mesh, or haven't you bothered to pay attention to our recent failures in the Olympics and World Championships just a couple of years ago, when we were embarrassed by teams with 1/10th the talent the US could field on any given day.

Who's the ignorant fool now??!!

Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:27 pm

LaBron = Kobe

I have absolutely no problem with the Heat going after LaBron James. I have no problem with the Heat organization as a whole. In fact, Dewayne Wade is one of my favorite players and Chris Bosh seems like a stand-up kind of guy. I use to like LaBron also but it only took one night for me to change my view. I always knew he was confident but I didn't think he was truly this arrogant. Holding an hour long telecast to say where you are going? Really? Did Wade do that? Did Bosh? Did Stoudemire? I mean, Brett Favre is the biggest diva alive and even he didn't do that when he went to the Vikings. All I heard yesterday was LaBron talk about how much he did for Cleveland, how good he thinks he is and him talking in the 3rd person. That city loved you, the fans loved you, the organization bent over backward for you and how do you repay them? By going on national televison just to say you are leaving. I don't have a problem with him leaving Cleveland, it's the way in which he did it. He basically called for a national television special just to give the fans in Cleveland the middle finger. Classy LaBron. Who's your PR people? Your ghetto hoodrat buddies?

Also, no matter what you do in your future LaBron, you will never be Kobe or Jordan. The difference with those guys is that they stayed with their teams and won there. And people say that Jordan had Pippen and Kobe had Shaq and Gasol, and what I say is that those players were brought in to where Kobe and Jordan were. Jordan didn't leave Chicago to join Clyde Drexler or Carl Malone or Charles Barkley. Kobe didn't leave LA to joing Duncan in San Antonio or go to Miami to play with Wade or go to Cleveland to play with LaBron. That is always going to be the difference between LaBron James and Jordan and Kobe.

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:23 pm

Report: Mike Miller to sign with Miami

I'm not a Heat fan but I believe that Miller is a great pick up for them.  They should now go out and sign Eddie house and Etan Thomas.  House is a knock down shooter and another offense option.  You can never have enough good shooters and scorers. See Cleveland(lack of scorers)the last few years.  Etan Thomas is a big body who can play defense, block shots and get an occasional offensive put back. The Heat will need some role players who are willing to do all the little things without fanfare. .

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