The Miami Heat avoided the Cleveland Cavaliers label last year following the reemergence of guys like Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Shane Battier deep into their postseason run.
Miami will try to stay far away from being a completely LeBron-centric team, but they could be looking more like the Cavaliers if they end up following through on interest in former Cavaliers point guard, Mo Williams.
The dust has settled and Mike Miller is now, once again, a member of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Miller played the best seasons of his career with the Grizzlies, playing with the franchise from 2003 to 2008. He was recently a victim of the amnesty clause by the Miami Heat, in order to clear some cap space and avoid a luxury tax bill that would have cost upwards of $30 million.
He is still owed $13 million by the Heat. However, the Heat are now giving leverage to spend without having to worry too much about their spending limitations. They can still use the mid-level exception and the veterans minimum.
About two weeks ago, I was presented with the opportunity to interview former Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks player, Jonathan Bender.
Naturally, I was interested because he’s a former NBA player and learning about the game, especially from those with first-hand experiences, has always peaked my interested. The problem with Bender, however, is that his career went unfulfilled due to a number of nagging knee injuries that sent his promising career into a downward spiral.
In the days leading up to the week that allowed teams to waive their players by way of the amnesty clause, it was debated in circles outside of the Miami Heat organization whether or not Mike Miller or Joel Anthony would be a recipient of their walking papers.
The Miami Heat might have needed Ray Allen taking the shot that Ian Clark attempted to win at the last second in a 78-77 loss to the Detroit Pistons.
Clark’s three-pointer at the buzzer hit the front of the rim and Miami’s two-game winning streak came to an end against a Pistons team sporting a possible future All-Star in Andre Drummond, as well as lottery pick Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.