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Heat's Miller out 2 months after hernia surgery

Posted on: December 1, 2011 1:47 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2011 2:00 pm
Posted by Ben Gollivermike-miller

NBA practice facilities finally opened on Thursday morning, and Miami's opened with a bang.

The Sun-Sentinel reports that Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem told reporters that Heat forward Mike Miller underwent hernia surgery during the lockout and is expected out for an extended period of time as he recovers.

"They say 8 weeks, but I'm not a doctor," Haslem said, according to

A 2-month absence would keep Miller out of training camp, preseason, and roughly the first month of the NBA's regular season.

The Heat were already facing a decision on whether or not to amnesty Miller, who struggled with injuries last season and averaged just 5.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in 41 appearances. A solid all-around forward when healthy, Miller is an intelligent, hard-working floor-spacing and ball-moving threat. But he plays the wing, where Miami is fully loaded, and is set to $5.4 millon this year with a contract that runs through 2014-2015.

The best arguments for keeping Miller would be that he is primed for a bounce-back year from near career-lows in every category and that the thin Heat need his veteran reliability on a roster that obviously lacks depth after the Big 3 of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. But if he can't get on the court for nearly half of the abbreviated 2011-2012 season, those arguments go straight out the window. An ultra-patient argument could be made that the Heat don't need him until the postseason anyway, but the injury list is so long at this point it gets harder and harder to justify waiting.

For billionaire Micky Arison, swallowing the money still left on Miller's contract isn't that bitter of a pill, especially because Miami can re-allocate those cap dollars to a Mid-Level Exception target like free agent Samuel Dalembert, among others. The Heat don't have any other terrible contracts for whom they would want to save the amnesty clause for later, so the table is set for a swift, clean break.

Miller, for his part, recently put his house on the market, so he's clearly prepared if the Heat do pull the plug.
Haslem on recovery time for Mike Miller's hernia surgery.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:26 am

Heat's Miller out 2 months after hernia surgery

Miller only touches the ball five times a game.  The rest of the ball hogs on the Heat won't miss a beat without him there.

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 4:29 pm

Heat's Miller out 2 months after hernia surgery

It's time to give up on Miller as much as I like his game and shot making potential he never was able to find a rythm last seaon. Miller is looking at the same situation this season and the Heat can't afford that in an abbreviated season. The Heat need to relegate that salary to a solid contributor that is durable and will be around from start to finish. I think Deandre Jordan would be a perfect fit for the Heat, an athletic shot blocking big man that can finish at the rim. Hopefully Riley can work his magic and get Grant Hill or Battier to suit up for the Heat as well. It should be a great season, I can't wait to see what Riley has planned. Go Heat!!

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 3:42 pm

Heat's Miller out 2 months after hernia surgery

This guy has been hurt to start the season for the second year in a row. The difference being this year is that the seaon is considerably shorter and rumor has it that Shane Battier is leaning to signing with the Heat. Could mean less minutes for Miller about the time he returns. It is kinda sad because he was one of the big name free agent signing last year for the Heat and this year they are already looking to replace him due to being injury prone. Other than one playoff game against Chicago, I believe, he didnt have a great impact last season.

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