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Haslem’s signing sheds light on Miller’s contract

Udonis Haslem has now officially signed a 5-year contract estimated at just over $20 million, suggesting that my previously rounded figures may actually be exact. His first year salary, around $3.5 million, would be less than half of his $7.1 million last season total.

One major factor aiding in his decision was swingman Mike Miller’s decision to join the Heat – something the team still has not announced. Miller and Haslem have been close friends since their days at the University of Florida.

Assuming the Heat chooses to retain its rights to Joel Anthony, Haslem’s contract leaves the team with an estimated $5.0 million to devote to Mike Miller. That would equate to a five-year contract of roughly $29 million.

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  1. BillyRush
    July 13th, 2010 at 12:47 | #1

    When will the Heat officially sign Mike Miller?

    Do we still ahve a chance to sign Raja Bell and Z ilgaskus?

  2. July 13th, 2010 at 12:53 | #2

    @BillyRush
    I suspect the Heat will officially sign Miller shortly.

    Bell and Ilgauskas were each budgeted as minimum contract options. The chances of signing each remains as strong as it ever was.

  3. Remote Heat fan
    July 13th, 2010 at 13:17 | #3

    http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=5375672

    Let’s see if it is money or disliking Kobe that wins out.

    They can offer Bell more money, and yes, the taxes are a little bit of an impact.

    But does he want to come back home to Miami?

  4. Pimpin Lincoln
    July 13th, 2010 at 13:58 | #4

    Can’t really say I saw much of bell in the last couple of years. Saw him play kobe in the playoffs and that was great, but is he still the same player? I know he got hurt and was out for a good part of the season. Big Z would be nice to have. I think boston figured out how to play orlando. Don’t double D.Howard and foul him hard if he has easy shots lined up. For that though, I think maglore would be just fine. I guess I have to rewatch cleveland vs. orlando two years ago and see how Z did against Howard. I think beating orlando wont be as difficult with Bron and Wade because the one easy way of getting rid of howard is putting him on foul trouble and wade and bron should do just fine. I am more worried how the calvs and lakers matched up. Would be nice to rewatch those games and see what happened.

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