Miami Heat waive Mike Miller

July 16, 2013 at 8:11 PM
| License Photo

MIAMI, July 16 (UPI) -- The Miami Heat Tuesday used the amnesty clause to waive small forward Mike Miller, who played on Miami's back-to-back NBA champion teams.

Miller -- a 13-year NBA veteran who had two years left on his five-year, $25 million contract with Miami -- averaged career lows of 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 15.3 minutes per game during the 2012-13 season. He appeared in 17 of the Heat's 23 post-season games, averaging 3.4 points.

In three seasons with the Heat, Miller, averaged 5.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

He was due to earn $6.2 million in the 2013-14 season.

"After many discussions internally and a sincere effort to explore the trade market, we made a very difficult decision to use our Amnesty provision on Mike Miller," Heat President Pat Riley said in a statement. "Mike had an incredible impact on the Miami Heat; helping us to three finals appearances and winning back-to-back world championships."

Rile called the decision "very difficult" for the Heat organization.

Miller was selected No. 5 overall in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic and was named Rookie of the Year in 2000-01 and Sixth Man of the Year when he played with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2005-06.

He also played with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Washington Wizards.

He averaged 12.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game in his NBA career.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Alabama football: Crimson Tide host Arkansas, hope to continue momentum from Georgia game
St. Louis Rams' Stedman Bailey fined for 'sleeping' on the job
Toronto Maple Leafs lose in Mike Babcock's debut, earn Montreal Canadians' respect
Johnny Manziel's grandfather loses home in 'suspicious' fire