Mike Miller's years with the Miami Heat were defined by perseverance. Despite dealing with a rash of injuries in his three seasons on the team, the beloved guard proved a valuable cog on a squad that made the NBA Finals each of the past three years.

Miller's performance in Game 5 of the 2012 Finals, in which he made five-three pointers and helped down the Oklahoma City Thunder, is one of the best by a bench player in the history of the Finals.

But as it turns out, not everything went swimmingly for Miller during his time in Miami. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that Miller lost $1.7 million in a scam allegedly orchestrated by a man named Haider Zafar. Miller's attorney told Jackson that the 33-year-old is strongly considering filing a lawsuit against the Heat because the organization introduced him to Zafar and vouched for Zafar, even though his background was questionable.

According to a complaint obtained by Jackson, a Heat employee introduced Miller to Zafar, who claimed he was a member of a wealthy Pakistani family. Zafar, who agreed to spend $3 million over three seasons for courtside seats in Miami, asked the team to introduce him to players with whom he could do business.

Miller met with Zafar in the team's offices, and over a few months they partnered on several deals. Jackson writes that Miller gave Zafar $2 million to "invest in what Zafar portrayed as a private investment fund with a high-interest yield." Zafar never invested in the fund and instead used some of that money to pay off his Heat season tickets. Zafar also told Miller that he would invest $40 million in Miller's three business, a promise on which he reneged.

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In Miller's complaint, it says at the time of Miller's January meeting with Zafar that the team "knew that Zafar had not paid his obligation to the Heat and had disclosed he was using a false, or at least, unofficial, identity and had disclosed he was under IRS investigation."

Miller, who was amnestied by the Heat in the offseason and is now a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, was repaid $300,000 of the $2 million he sent to Zafar. In the potential lawsuit, Miller is seeking $1.7 million from the Heat.

Disturbingly, Miller was not the only Miami player to get swindled by Zafar, who is currently imprisoned in Ohio while waiting trial on fraud charges in an unrelated case. Forwards James Jones and Rashard Lewis were also defrauded by Zafar, but neither is considering pursuing legal action.

"We were distressed to learn that the Heat and the members of the Heat family were victimized by an elaborate fraud conducted by an individual currently in custody in Ohio," Alan Fein, the Heat's outside counsel, told Jackson. "We continue to remain in constant contact with the appropriate federal authorities investigating this fraud."

Miller released this statement Friday: