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Miami to decide whether to use amnesty provision on 33-year-old Miller

It looks like Mike Miller will likely continue playing for the Miami Heat.

Heat Team President Pat Riley doesn't anticipate using the amnesty provision this offseason.

An amnesty clause is a bargaining agreement that allows teams to eliminate player contracts under certain conditions. The provision is a one-time deal, so if it's exercised, the Heat won't be able to use it on any other eligible player.

Riley told Ira Winderman, of the South Florida SunSentinel, Wednesday that the only way Miller, a Mitchell native, will be amnestied is at the direction of ownership.

"I like our team, and we don't like change," Riley said. "Mike is as healthy as he's ever been. ... Unless I get a mandate, we haven't talked about it."

But using the amnesty on the 33-year-old Miller would save the team -- due to the luxury tax system -- $14 million next season, Winderman reported.

If all current players stay with the Heat, Miller will be the fourth highest paid player. For the next two seasons combined, Miller is due $12.8 million -- $6.2 million for next season.

LeBron James and Chris Bosh are under contracts for $19 million next season, and Dwyane Wade is under contract for $18.7 million next season. All three of those players have three years left on their contracts with the Heat.

The fifth-highest paid player, following Miller, is Udonis Haslem, who is under contract for $4.3 million next season with one additional season on his contract.

Using the amnesty provision on Miller would save the Heat money, but his long-range shooting may not be easy to replace.

Through the postseason, Miller shot 44 percent from the three-point range and was 61 percent from behind the arc during the Finals.

Miller earned a place in the starting lineup in the last four games of the NBA Finals against San Antonio. This was the first year Miller made starts in the Finals -- which Miami won in a deciding Game 7 95-88 June 20. He also got the start in the final game of the first round against Milwaukee.

This year, Miller played in 63 of the team's 82 regular-season games. He averaged 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists and his season-high 26 points was recorded April 5 in a 89-79 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. He was 73-for-175 from behind the arc, shooting 41.7 percent for the Heat during the regular season.

The Heat will make the decision whether to use the amnesty provision on Miller in mid-July.

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.