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Report: Heat don’t plan to amnesty Mike Miller, anyone else

Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 21: Mike Miller #13 of the Miami Heat reacts in the first half against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Five of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 21, 2012 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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Miami has some looming tax issues.

Next year they have nearly $80 million on the books, and that’s without going after Ray Allen or any other free agent with their taxpayer’s mid-level exception ($3 million). Or rounding out the roster. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh alone will account for about $52 million in salary next year and the salary cap is at $58 million (the tax line is $70). As the stiffer penalties and repeater tax kick in in the next few years, the tax burden will get brutal.

But don’t expect the Heat to amnesty Mike Miller. Or anyone else. Here is what team president Pat Riley told Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel on twitter.

Pat Riley said the Heat apparently will bypass amnesty this summer, “We’re not looking at amenstying anybody.”

The Heat could change their minds, the amnesty window starts July 11. I don’t expect Miller to change his mind (not with $18.6 million still on the table). But they may be a team willing to pay a price for a few years to chase a few more rings.

Winning one will do that to you.