The deal to buy Miami Heat sharpshooter Mike Miller’s house in Pompano Beach was supposed to have been consummated by now.
Actually, it’s been six weeks since the unidentified buyer who won the $5.4 million, beachfront mansion in an auction placed his deposit in escrow.
Yet Miller’s name remains on the deed, according to Broward County records.
Unbeknownst to Miller, whose three-point barrage in Game 5 of the NBA Finals put the Heat firmly in sight of the NBA’s grand prize, the title to the 10,000-square-foot, eight-bedroom crib wasn’t really clear!
"It’s not something that Mr. Miller did wrong," said auctioneer Trayor Lesnock. His company, Platinum Luxury Auctions, sold the property in a no-minimum-bid affair. "The sale is still on but hasn’t been recording because the lawyers are still talking."
Lesnock said investigators found an out-of-state lien that resulted from a lawsuit involving two previous owners.
"There was a court hearing in New Jersey to clear the title," Lesnock said. "That paperwork is still pending."
Lesnock still won’t say how much the buyer is paying for Miller’s digs, which have breathtaking views of the Hillsboro Inlet lighthouse.
Mike Miller hasn’t been the only Heat stalwart working the real estate market during the off-season.
Team President Pat Riley has settled into the top-floor condo he bought to replace his old house. Riles sold his Coral Gables mansion he sold earlier this year for $16.75 million.
Miami-Dade County docs, meanwhile, show the 67-year-old Riley recently homesteaded a 6,200-square-foot penthouse at Apogee — a hyper-luxurious 22-floor building on the southern tip of Miami Beach.
Riley and his wife Chris plunked down $11.75 million for it.
Riley’s place has 10-foot ceilings, a 180-degree view of the bay, port and ocean from some of the largest terraces in Miami Beach – and it’s steps away from the coach’s favorite hangout, Joe’s Stone Crab.
Former Miami Northwestern Senior High School football star Antonio Bryant is in deep doo-doo.
Bryant, who had banner NFL season as a receiver with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was arrested last week by Sunrise PD on suspicion he tried to strangle a baby mama.
Bryant and the woman are going through a nasty paternity and custody battle.
Bryant, 31 years old and 210 pounds, is alleged to have choked the woman as she carried their infant child in her arms. She told cops Bryant ordered her to put down the kid then allegedly kicked and struck her face with his hand.
The incident occurred in April but Bryant was signed by the Seattle Seahawks. He remained on the left coast until he was cut in late August.
Cops waited until he came home to nab him. He was charged with two felony counts of battery. He’s out on $15,000-bond.
AND FINALLY. . .
And speaking of troubled NFL receivers, nary a week goes by without a new tale about ex-Miami Dolphin Chad Johnson.
This week’s installment: Johnson filed for divorce Thursday, citing irreconcilable differences with the woman he married July 4, allegedly head-butted on August 11 then served him with her divorce filing a week later.