First off, the Miami Heat made the right decision by amnestying Mike Miller. I get it — the old timer made a few crucial shots for the club this postseason, but he hasn’t played 70 games in a season since 2008! He’s used goods and at this point in his career he isn’t worth $6 million for the next two years.
On the other hand, the Heat must now replace the 5.8 points per game that Miller averaged in the 2013 postseason. A spot-up shooter who thrived on LeBron James‘ penetration, Miller was able to knock down plenty of three-point field goals, but top-notch shooters can still be found on the NBA‘s free agent market.
At this point in his career, you either love Richard Hamilton or you hate him.
Whichever side of the fence you’re on, RIP would fit in well with this Miami squad and fill the void left by Miller. Sure — Hamilton managed to get bought out by the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls, but that only means he would be willing to take the mid-level exception with the Heat. Thus, the Heat offense would be getting a 14-year veteran, who was twice as productive as Miller was in 2012 with 9.8 points per game.
Adding another double-screen maniac like Hamilton to backup Ray Allen is genius. This way, the Heat will have the ability to keep the floor spread for all 48 minutes of the game. It’s rather simple, the Heat need a shooting guard to make up for Miller’s departure and Hamilton makes the most sense.