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Mike Miller upset that attorney revealed possible lawsuit against Miami Heat

 
 
Memphis Grizzlies' Mike Miller (13) passes the ball during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Oct. 18, 2013.
Memphis Grizzlies' Mike Miller (13) passes the ball during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Oct. 18, 2013.
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Mike Miller is angry his attorney told the Miami Herald on Thursday that Miller is strongly considering a lawsuit against the Heat.

But Miller did not say Friday whether he would go ahead with the lawsuit.

With Miller’s authorization, his attorney, Andrew Fine, has drawn up a complaint against the Heat after settlement discussions with the Heat had stalled in recent weeks.

In the complaint, which was obtained by the Miami Herald, Miller alleges that a Heat employee who is no longer with the team introduced him to Haider Zafar, who allegedly defrauded Miller.

Fine said previously that Miller lost $1.7 million in the scam, and that Zafar used $700,000 of the money stolen from Miller to pay for Heat season tickets.

Fine has said that Miller has asked the Heat to return that money. The Heat employee, Stephen Weber, is no longer with the team.

Miller said Fine was not authorized to tell the Miami Herald that he was considering a lawsuit.

“I regret the unauthorized information shared disclosing a potential lawsuit and my private business dealings in the recent news reports,” Miller wrote in a text message to The Associated Press. “The Heat has always supported me and my family and we are grateful for our relationship with the team and its owners. They have given me and my family more than we could have ever asked for and for that I am so thankful!!”

Fine declined to comment Friday.

Zafar is imprisoned in Ohio, awaiting trial on fraud charges on an unrelated case.

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