Who Should the Miami Heat Release Before 2013-2014 Season?
The Miami Heat have now won back-to-back championships. Because of this, a lot of fans assume this core team will stay together. Going into the 2013-2014 NBA season, the Heat will be looking to shed some salary cap space. A few of the veteran minimum players (Rashard Lewis and Juwan Howard) will most likely be gone, but this wont be enough. A larger contract needs to come off the books. This is where Mike Miller comes into play.
Although Miller had some spectacular moments during this consecutive championship run, the amount of time he is actually plays throughout the regular season and even the playoffs does not equate to what he is paid. Miller makes $5.8 mil a year, which is the fourth highest on the team. That’s right, Miller makes more than Ray Allen, Udonis Haslem and Mario Chalmers. Two of those players are even on the starting lineup. That is absolutely ridiculous.
Some would argue to take a look at his statistics this season. OK, let’s do that. Miller averaged 15.3 minutes a game, with 4.8 points, 1.7 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game. These are not adequate numbers for your fourth highest paid player.
The fact is this; Miller’s position is redundant on this Heat team. Not only are the Heat fully loaded in three point specialists such as Chalmers, Shane Battier, Allen, and now Norris Cole, but they all shoot just as accurately from beyond the arc as Miller.
With the Eastern Conference closing in on the Heat due to size advantage, it is becoming apparent this team will need an active big man to couple with their Big Three. If Miller’s salary cap space suddenly becomes available via amnesty or trade, the Heat shouldn’t hesitate. Why not dump that near $6 million dollar per year contract into a player that will truly help this team three-peat?
This organization has a lot to think about going into the contract season of a lot of there prime players. If the right moves are made throughout the offseason, and they are able to acquire an athletic forward/center, they could really build on the promise of “not one, not two, not thee, not four, not five, six, seven…”. This could spell the end of Miller in a Heat uniform. If it for the good of the team, most Heat fans won’t mind.