Miami Heat Take Out Full Page Ad in Newspaper to Thank Mike Miller After Waiving Him
I wouldn’t be surprised if Miami Heat president Pat Riley dusted off his old Boyz II Men CD this week. In fact, someone should ask his secretary if she heard the words, “it’s so ha-aaa-aa-aaard, to say goodbyyy-yye-yye, to yester-daaaa-aaaay,” coming from behind the closed doors of his office. After all, the guy had to make the very difficult decision to use the NBA’s amnesty clause to waive Mike Miller, one of the organizations best-liked players.
The choice made perfect economic sense. Miller was scheduled to make $12.8 million over the next two seasons, and cutting him will reduce the team’s luxury tax bill by an estimated $15 million to $17 million. Plus, as great a teammate as the guy was, in terms of actual concrete contributions to winning games, he was only about their 10th most valuable player. So it really would have been irresponsible of the Heat not to cut him. But it still hurt for everybody involved.
However, the Heat made a very classy gesture this week. They took out a full-page ad in the South Florida Sun Sentinel thanking Miller for all his hard work.
“You are a champion both on and off the court,” the ad read. “It is an honor to have you as part of our Miami Heat family forever.
Hat Tip – [Ball Don’t Lie]