After much speculation that the defending champion Miami Heat would use its one-time amnesty provision to disband with the contracts of Mike Miller or Joel Anthony, the Associated Press is reporting that Pat Riley will not use the amnesty cut.
The Heat would have used an amnesty to ease roughly a $30 million luxury-tax burden on the team, or more specifically on owner Micky Arison.
In a conference call Friday, Riley made clear that the team’s plan is to add and not subtract, especially coming off two straight NBA championships.
“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.
As of now, the Heat rotation remains the same with 14 of 15 players returning. The only player not currently retained is forward Juwan Howard. The team resigned center Chris Andersen earlier this week. The sole addition is second-round pick James Ennis.
According to the report, Riley admitted to trying to add a perimeter player with the mid-level exception and that the teams is still in contact with Greg Oden, who is attempting a comeback this season.