The Miami Heat are $28 million over the salary cap and $15.6 million over the luxury tax line, which means that they could surely benefit from cutting some salary. An easy way for the team to rid themselves of $10 million would be to part ways with Joel Anthony or Mike Miller by using the amnesty clause, but team president Pat Riley made it very clear that the team had no intentions of going that route.
From the Associated Press:
Heat President Pat Riley said Friday that the team does not currently plan to use its one-time amnesty option as a way of lightening its looming tax load, with the team’s focus instead being on simply finding ways to get better.
“Right now, we’re not using amnesty, no,” Riley said….
“We want to win and we want to win again next year and we’re going to try to do everything we can to do that,” Riley said. “What I said at the end of the season is what I meant. I want to try to keep this team intact as long as we can because we have a championship basketball team here and continuity being, I think the most important thing to when it comes to winning championships … I would hate to break it up.”
While it will cost the Heat more money and it isn’t the best strategy for long-term success, the Heat have chemistry going.
As they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Winning two NBA championships in a row definitely qualifies as “ain’t broke”.