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Report: Miami Heat shopping Mike Miller?

Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:44 am
Edited on: February 23, 2011 12:45 am
 
The Miami Heat are reportedly shopping forward Mike Miller. Posted by Ben Golliver. heat-stroke

Last summer, the Miami Heat signed forward Mike Millr to a five year contract, thinking they were locking up their floor spreader and knockdown jump shooter of the future, the perfect guy to make teams pay for double-teaming LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh

Roughly six months later, ESPN.com reports that Miller is on the trade block. 
According to multiple league executives, the Heat have floated Mike Miller in several different trade scenarios as they look to upgrade at the center or point guard positions.
Miller is the Heat’s most tradable asset, even though he’s in the first season of a five-year, $29 million contract he signed last summer and is averaging just 5.9 points on 41 percent shooting as he recovers from a hand injury that cost him the first two months of the season. 

One executive said the Heat have been calling around but just "don’t have much they can trade."
Miller went down early with a thumb injury and has missed much of the Heat's season to date. So far this season, he's played in just 22 games, averaging a career-low 5.9 points in a career-low 19.3 minutes off the bench. He's also shooting a career-low 41.1% from the field.

It's difficult to imagine Miller would garner much interest on the open market given the amount of money remaining on his contract and the season he's had to date, but it's interesting to see that the Heat, who thought they had the master plan all laid out last summer, may already be having some second thoughts.
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Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Report: Miami Heat shopping Mike Miller?

Since you know what he needs to be effective, how many shots does he need?

- Since the Heat are paying Mike Miller almost $6 million per season he should be taken at least 7-10 FGA per game.  That was the masterplan to have him spread the floor?

Why are Jones and House able to be effective with their limited shots?

- Who said House and Jones are effective?  They're both shooting over 40% from 3-pt range but they're neither effective, efficient or consistent.  In three of their last four games against the Celtics, Pacers and Raptors Eddie House was 5-21 and Jones was 1-7 from the field.  they get the majority of their points against inferior teams in blowout wins such as their last game against the Kings; House (5-11) and Jones (3-6).  The Heat's lack of another consistent scorer will hurt them during the playoffs this is exactly why they're 1-6 against the elite teams. 

If your idea of involvement is that they are not shooting the ball as much as Wade, James and Bosh, then you are correct. The other players on this team knew that they would not be getting as many shot attempts as the big three. They have to take advantage of the attempts they get - Big Z, House and Jones have done so. 

- The stats prove otherwise, they're effective against the weaker teams but not the good or elite teams.  Most of their point production comes in the blowout victories.

 If you have watched Anthony play, you know he is not much of an offensive threat. If you are asking wether I want Anthony or one of the Big 3 shooting the ball, I am picking any of the three. Anthony is there for defense and rebounds. Anything they get from him scoring wise is a bonus.

- I'm not saying they need to run any plays for Anthony but if he gets an offensive rebound less than a foot away from the basket why not try a tip-in?  Why not go back up strong to a least draw a foul?



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 12:09 pm
 

Report: Miami Heat shopping Mike Miller?

- As I mentioned before he doesn't get enough shots per game to be effective, he's a shooter and needs to be given enough FGA to be an effective shooter. 
Since you know what he needs to be effective, how many shots does he need? Why are Jones and House able to be effective with their limited shots?

Kobe played through the pain!  But that's Kobe Bryant for you — doing whatever he can to perform at a high level, he even retooled his shot!
I am not a Doctor, so I can not compare Bryant's injury to Miller's. It is great that Kobe played while his fractured finger healed. I am not sure if Miller could have, but there was no reason for him to. The Heat did not need him to risk it.


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Of course the losses came against good teams they're 1-6 against the elite teams!  Wade, James and Bosh are fine playing together it's the other players on the team that aren't involved on the offensive end of the court.
If your idea of involvement is that they are not shooting the ball as much as Wade, James and Bosh, then you are correct. The other players on this team knew that they would not be getting as many shot attempts as the big three. They have to take advantage of the attempts they get - Big Z, House and Jones have done so. 

I've also seen Jones, House, Chalmers and Joel Anthony pass up many open looks, it's as if they've been told not to shoot or they're hesistant about missing knowing they're going to get blamed.  I recall a game against the Hawks when Joel Anthony had 16 rebounds (8 defensive, 8 offensive) and didn't attempt one shot or even try a put back.  C'mon now?
Have not seen House or Jones pass up open shots. Chalmers, Miller and Anthony I have seen pass up open shots. Chalmers plays has been at best inconsistent. If you have watched Anthony play, you know he is not much of an offensive threat. If you are asking wether I want Anthony or one of the Big 3 shooting the ball, I am picking any of the three. Anthony is there for defense and rebounds. Anything they get from him scoring wise is a bonus.



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 8:37 am
 

Report: Miami Heat shopping Mike Miller?

That was his one really good game of the year and it came against the powerhouse Raptors. We could look at quite a few games where he has played a decent amount of minutes and not shot well.

- As I mentioned before he doesn't get enough shots per game to be effective, he's a shooter and needs to be given enough FGA to be an effective shooter. 

How many games did Kobe miss?

- Kobe played through the pain!  But that's Kobe Bryant for you — doing whatever he can to perform at a high level, he even retooled his shot!

Was it on his shooting hand? Which finger was broken? How bad was the break?

 - Of course on his shooting hand, right index finger--the most important to shooting! 

They have few losses and those losses - for the most part - have come against good teams. The Heat are a team that is still getting better and learning. 

- Of course the losses came against good teams they're 1-6 against the elite teams!  Wade, James and Bosh are fine playing together it's the other players on the team that aren't involved on the offensive end of the court.

They were a combined 2 of 12 shooting. As far as Miller, have seen him pass up quite a few open shots.

- I've also seen Jones, House, Chalmers and Joel Anthony pass up many open looks, it's as if they've been told not to shoot or they're hesistant about missing knowing they're going to get blamed.  I recall a game against the Hawks when Joel Anthony had 16 rebounds (8 defensive, 8 offensive) and didn't attempt one shot or even try a put back.  C'mon now?




Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2011 8:27 am
 

Report: Miami Heat shopping Mike Miller?

"Steelers are my team and Ben is their QB. The best organization in basketball." - BigBen

Can't argue with that.  Good luck with your Steelers basketball team.


Big Ben is a Has Been.  A team on the decline.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 7:31 am
 

Report: Miami Heat shopping Mike Miller?

- It didn't seem to affect him in a game on 22 Jan against the Raptors when he scored 32 points on 12-20 from the floor, it shouldn't be a surprise but neither D-Wade or Bosh played that game so he was able to find his rythym.  Kobe played with a broken finger for an entire season and still won a championship so I'm sorry you can't use that for an excuse!  
That was his one really good game of the year and it came against the powerhouse Raptors. We could look at quite a few games where he has played a decent amount of minutes and not shot well. Did Kobe injury require surgery? How many games did Kobe miss? Was it on his shooting hand? Which finger was broken? How bad was the break?  How did it effect Kobe's shooting percentage? Need a lot more info to know the relevance of Kobe's injury to Miller's. I can certainly come up with other players that have struggled after missing time because of an injury.

- I understand that but they should at least get other players involved in the game instead of waiting until a crucial shot is needed.  Why do you think the Heat have such a poor record in games decided by 5 points or less? 
They have few losses and those losses - for the most part - have come against good teams. The Heat are a team that is still getting better and learning. 

In the last meeting against the Celtics Jones, Miller and House took a total of 12 FGA, that's not enough to be successful or consistent.  That's just my opinion.
They were a combined 2 of 12 shooting. As far as Miller, have seen him pass up quite a few open shots.



Since: Dec 21, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2011 12:48 am
 

Report: Miami Heat shopping Mike Miller?

That's right TOOL, the Steelers are my team and Ben is their QB. The best organization in basketball. Name one all-star that was in his prime that played with Lebron in Cleveland TOOL? He went to the NBA finals, Eastern Conference Finals and won with nobodies. Kobe couldn't win with nobodies but the Lakers stole Gasol and the rest his history. They say people that cast so much anger against other people like you do with Lebron is due to some type of physical inadequacies. Good night TOOL.



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 12:17 am
 

Report: Miami Heat shopping Mike Miller?

So his hand injury and other various injuries leading to him only playing 22 of the Heat's 57 games are excuses? I suppose you are trying to tell me that missing substantial playing time because of an injured hand does not effect a player's three point shooting.

- It didn't seem to affect him in a game on 22 Jan against the Raptors when he scored 32 points on 12-20 from the floor, it shouldn't be a surprise but neither D-Wade or Bosh played that game so he was able to find his rythym.  Kobe played with a broken finger for an entire season and still won a championship so I'm sorry you can't use that for an excuse!   

I guess you are saying that James, Wade and Bosh are all ball hogs. Usually your best players are going to get the majority of shots.

- I understand that but they should at least get other players involved in the game instead of waiting until a crucial shot is needed.  Why do you think the Heat have such a poor record in games decided by 5 points or less?  With the exception of the game against the OKC Thunder when Eddie House hit the game-winning shot the Heat have failed miserably in closing out games with their shooters.  Their execution is terrible this is mostly due to Spo' allowing them to free-lance too much on offense IMO.  It works against the weaker teams but not against the elite which is why the Heat are 1-6 against the Celtics, Bulls, Lakers and Mavericks.  In the last meeting against the Celtics Jones, Miller and House took a total of 12 FGA, that's not enough to be successful or consistent.  That's just my opinion.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2011 10:53 pm
 

Report: Miami Heat shopping Mike Miller?

That's just an excuse as most players battle through injuries, Miller's not getting the playing time nor is he getting the touches to be effective.  Spo hasn't been able to come with an consitent lineup or rotation all season, one game it's James Jones then the next it's Mike Miller.  The same can be said at the point guard spot.
So his hand injury and other various injuries leading to him only playing 22 of the Heat's 57 games are excuses? I suppose you are trying to tell me that missing substantial playing time because of an injured hand does not effect a player's three point shooting.

Lebron, Wade and Bosh's numbers are all down slightly. They are sacrificing stats for wins. If LeBron was such a ball hog his numbers would not be down

- It's has to be hard for any of the Heat reserve player to be consistent or effective especially since they're not involved in the offense.  They spend most of the game watching James, D-Wade and Bosh.  Then when the game is on the line and three-point shot is needed they're suddenly called upon and expected to knock down the shot and if it's missed they take the blame.
I guess you are saying that James, Wade and Bosh are all ball hogs. Usually your best players are going to get the majority of shots. Compare the number of shots that Kobe and Gasol (1909) have taken to Wade and Lebron (1991) and you will see it is pretty similar. The gap is a little larger with their option offensively - Odom (623) and Bosh (735).  As far as how it has effected the three poin shooters - Jones (42.7%) and House (40.6%) seemed to have handle it well.

Spolestra basically had a new team to work with. He is trying different combinations to try and find what works best.



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2011 10:09 pm
 

Report: Miami Heat shopping Mike Miller?

Obviously not someone that follows the Heat. Miller has been battling injuries all year and his decline is mostly due to that.

- That's just an excuse as most players battle through injuries, Miller's not getting the playing time nor is he getting the touches to be effective.  Spo hasn't been able to come with an consitent lineup or rotation all season, one game it's James Jones then the next it's Mike Miller.  The same can be said at the point guard spot. 

Lebron, Wade and Bosh's numbers are all down slightly. They are sacrificing stats for wins. If LeBron was such a ball hog his numbers would not be down

- It's has to be hard for any of the Heat reserve player to be consistent or effective especially since they're not involved in the offense.  They spend most of the game watching James, D-Wade and Bosh.  Then when the game is on the line and three-point shot is needed they're suddenly called upon and expected to knock down the shot and if it's missed they take the blame.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2011 8:48 pm
 

Report: Miami Heat shopping Mike Miller?

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people predicted this type of thing would happen with the selfish ballhog, LeBron James.  Here it is, borne out.  LeBron does not make the players around him better.  It's unlikely the heat will be able to dump that contract but if they do, watch "Millr's" numbers go back up.
Obviously not someone that follows the Heat. Miller has been battling injuries all year and his decline is mostly due to that.

Lebron, Wade and Bosh's numbers are all down slightly. They are sacrificing stats for wins. If LeBron was such a ball hog his numbers would not be down.




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