Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – Miami Heat swingman Mike Miller’s future with the team has been in doubt due to his numerous injuries in the past year, including the latest hernia surgery that will cause him to miss the start of the season.
Under the rules of the new collective bargaining agreement, the Heat could choose to amnesty Miller and wipe his contract off the books. He’d still get his money, but the money wouldn’t count against the salary cap.
That money could then be used to find an improvement over Miller that could step in and help the Heat win this season without any down time.
But, according to the New York Daily News, the Heat will not use the amnesty provision to move Miller this season.
Miller was brought in to help spread the floor with his shooting. By forcing defenses to cover the entire floor, Miller’s presence would open up lanes for Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. But injuries kept him from actually giving the Heat any help.
Still, Miller is a spot-up shooter with a quick release and is a very proficient rebounder; which is likely what will keep him on the Heat’s roster.