Posted June 29, 2012

Heat won’t pursue amnesty clause for Mike Miller

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Mike Miller, bad back and all, helped lift the Heat to the NBA Championship with seven 3-pointers in Game 5. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Miami Heat president Pat Riley said Friday morning his team will not use its amnesty clause this offseason, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

The clause would allow the team to avoid the luxury tax by cutting a player under contract. Mike Miller would be the likely candidate with his back issues, but Riley said the 3-point specialist will go through rehabilitation before any plans are made for potential back surgery.

“He has been examined,” Riley said. “There hasn’t been any real prognosis. We are going to treat it and rehab it before the doctor makes a final decision. Mike is going to go through a summer of real rehabilitation.”

Miller hit seven 3-pointers in the clinching Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder despite not making a single 3-pointer in the previous four games of the series. He finished with 23 points and went from a role-playing reserve to hero in South Beach.

He won’t be the only Heat player resting and rehabilitating this offseason. Dwyane Wade will sit out the London Olympics to undergo knee surgery this summer.