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Mike Miller deal to Heat done?

Arn Tellem (Mike Miller's Agent) tells us his client inks the deal in his blog.

Arn Tellem

Arn Tellem

Posted: July 12, 2010 05:44 PM

Meet the Heat

Ringo Starr just hit the Big Seven-Oh. We loved him when he was 24, we loved him when he was 34, we even loved him when he was 64. And we still love his Beatles, though the band really wasn't around too long. The memory of the Fab Four remains bright four decades after Ringo last jammed with John, Paul and George.

One of my earliest basketball clients, B.J. Armstrong, was the Ringo of his era. B.J. helped make the Chicago Bulls fab during the early 1990s. He was the point guard who kept the back beat, if not the backcourt beat. Of course, he got by with a little help from his friends: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant. Together, the quartet won three NBA titles -- and you know they don't come easy. B.J. is still one of the most beloved figures in NBA history: like Ringo, the embodiment of good cheer and the joy of performing.

Today, another client of mine, Mike Miller, announces his intention to sign a five year free-agent contract with the Miami Heat. Mike welcomes the chance to be the Ringo in a hot combo that already includes LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Providentially, this week the original Ringo and his All Starr Band have a gig just up I-95 in Hollywood, Florida.

For the last week, Mike's future has hinged on LeBron's. We talked to the Bulls, the New York Knicks, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Knicks showed tremendous interest: Coach Mike D'Antoni is clearly crazy about Mike's ability. Had the Cavaliers kept LeBron, Mike would have been a great fit for them, too. And, yes, the Clippers were a credible option. But LeBron was always the elephant in the room, just as Mike is now the octopus in the garden (so to speak).

With all the aces played in the free-agency deck, the Heat needed to fill out its hand with someone who could hold the insanely-talented vortex together. The Heat needed a Ringo, a shooting guard who would maintain the tempo and never miss a beat. Mike is that guy.

Over the past four seasons, he topped all starting shooting guards and small forwards in True Shooting percentage (.604). He also had the second-highest 3-point percentage (.418) and the fourth best field-goal percentage (.483). At 6'8", Mike is one of the purest shooters and most versatile players in the league.

On the night free-agency kicked in, Mike and I hung out in a room at the Beverly Wilshire with Pat Riley, Alonzo Mourning and others in the Miami brain trust. We held our own with them until 2:30 in the morning, and I can assure you that the moments were never dull. Enthusiasm is contagious, and Coach Riley a carrier. Had he not become coach of the Heat, he could have made millions by opening a chain of tanning salons in the Sunshine State. He's that good.

Pat had a vision for the team, a vision that he laid out with evangelical fervor. We left the room converted.

In the elevator, Mike told me that if the Pat could pull off a James-Wade-Bosh trifecta, he'd be South Florida-bound. Well, The Heat is on, so, Mike Miller, Welcome to Miami.


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Yes! This team is looking real good

martin deris

how can people hate now....we are getting anybody we want...my god this is starting to become scary as hell....god bless the NBA

Manny Parks

Man can anybody spell Wade's first name right. Its DWYANE not Dwayne.

eddie l

Mark cuban should get stern and the league to investigating into Riley using hypnosis to get haslem to leave 10 M on the table to play w miami. Also, seemed to get m miller under the spell as well.

Pablo Torres

Welcome Mike to Wade County. This team is going to be entertaining and scary.

The Dolphins are a second class citizen.

The HEAT is on!!!

patrick ward

the three kings set the bar when they left money on the table to do somethang great signing UD and mike miller are the right steps GO Heats


I wish Jimmy Johnson can comeback and coach this team.... it would be perfect!

How bout' them HEAT !

Rony Seikally

All this because Anthony Carters agent overslept!


LOL @ jimmy johnson.

At this point we could get Cam F'ing Cameron to run this team and win a title....



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