Last summer, Mike Miller was the Miami Heat's NBA Finals hero. His seven three-pointers with a hunchback was the difference in their championship-clinching win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. This summer, Miller was amnestied by the Heat, which guarantees that he'll receive the remaining $12.8 million he is still due over the final two seasons his original five-year, $25 million deal. However, Miller is stewing over $1.7 million he lost in a scam. How are the Heat culpable? A Heat employee is the one who introduced him to Haider Zafar, who scammed him out of his money.
Miller's complaint alleges that Zafar asked a Heat executive to introduce him to players that might be willing to invest with him. Miller got sucked into a vortex and emerged $1.7 million lighter.
via Miami Herald:
According to Miller’s complaint that has been drawn up but not yet filed, a Heat employee introduced Miller to Zafar, and Zafar used $700,000 of the money he stole from Miller to pay for courtside Heat tickets.
Settlement talks between Miller and the Heat have stalled. Miller asked for that $700,000 back from the Heat, plus attorney’s fees, but “the parties were far apart,” Miller’s attorney, Andrew Fine, said.
In the potential lawsuit, Miller is seeking a lot more: the entire $1.7 million that he lost in Zafar’s scam.