NBA Amnesty Clause: Why Mike Miller Needs to Be Jettisoned from the Miami Heat

Adam DavisCorrespondent IDecember 7, 2011

MIAMI, FL - MAY 24:  Mike Miller #13 of the Miami Heat looks on from the bench against the Chicago Bulls in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 24, 2011 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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With the new CBA in place and the NBA season set to start at the end of this month, there is tremendous speculation about who will stay and who will go. 

The free agency talks have already begun and are as wild as ever, but something else is going to take center stage very shortly.

The amnesty clause is a new part of the deal that will allow teams to waive players without their salaries counting against the cap for the season. 

With Heat forward Mike Miller set to make $5,400,000 this year with that number growing in the next couple of seasons, he appears to be a perfect candidate for the usage of the revamped amnesty clause. 

Miller currently is slated to make more money than any player on the Heat team other than the Big Three of LeBron, Wade and Bosh. He does not, however, play well enough to earn that kind of money. Underwhelming numbers and a history of injury have led to Miller's nomination as the guy to be amnestied out of South Beach. 

After last season's six-game defeat at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks, Miami has one goal in mind: win the championship. 

The Heat are looking to fine tune their lineup in order to make that goal a reality. They are looking to pick up a few key components in free agency, and hold onto some of their own players who will make a difference this season. 

In order to sign and re-sign the right players for a finals run, Miami would be wise to let go of Miller, the costly, under-producing veteran forward. 

Mike Miller has not played 80 games in a season since his rookie year 10 years ago and has been plagued by injury ever since. His stats have also taken a hit in the last few years of his career. Miller averaged nearly his career playoff average in scoring playing for Miami this past postseason.

Simply put, Mike Miller's shooting is merely a shade of what it once was as he averaged a miniscule 5.6 points per game last season; a total that just won't help this team to a title. 

If the Heat can let go of Miller they can be serious contenders for the top names in free agency and give themselves a young, strong core of players that will make up a roster to be reckoned with. 

While the Big Three are all extremely talented, they still need decent players to fill out the team around them. The money from Miller's contract could help the Heat breathe easier and fill in the gaps. 

With all of Miami's talent only getting older, now is the time to act. Miller's removal from the salary hit against the Heat will open up doors for a team on a mission. 

This could easily be Miami's year to shine in the NBA. They have an incredible core of players that other clubs wish they could amnesty their entire bench to get a hold of. By letting Miller go, the Heat could finally find the right pieces to return to glory. 

We won't know whether Miller is the one to be let go with the amnesty clause until something actually happens, regardless of what ESPN tells us (even though they are pretty spot on with this sort of stuff). However, he is certainly a prime suspect for Miami to consider.

His salary will definitely help them pick up the guys they're looking for, after all, who doesn't want to play in Miami? I mean, $5,400,000 is a sizable sum, and just think about what the Heat could do with it. 

Time to go shopping.