NBA Free Agency: Cavs Reportedly Interested in CJ Miles

Having passed on the small forward position during the most recent NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly scheduled a multiple-day visit with free agent small forward CJ Miles.

Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reports that the Cavs are said to be far apart in negotiations with free agent Alonzo Gee, meaning that Miles may signify that the team is considering other options at the position. Gee, as reported earlier this week, may opt to sign his $2.7 million qualifying offer, having received virtually no interest from other teams following his best season in the NBA. Should Gee, recently dubbed a “priority” by the Cavaliers, sign said offer, he’ll be an unrestricted free agent again at the end of the 2012-13 season, leaving the team with even less depth than they have at present day.

Miles is a 6-foot-6-inch wing who averaged 9.1 points off the Utah  Jazz’s bench last year, though he did average 12.8 points in 2010-11 in a considerably larger role.

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  • JK

    CJ “Darius” Miles…..?

  • mgbode

    CJ Miles 25yo low40%FG mid30%3pt decent but not great on stat-stuffers. PER just under 15.
    A. Gee 25yo low-to-mid40%FG low-to-mide30%3pt decent but not great stat-stuffers. PER just under 15.

    I think this is a warning shot to Gee that there are other guys like him on the open market.

  • Harv 21

    Wondering if Gee has gotten caught up in the expectations of major financial security and cannot reconcile himself to the fact that Grant’s promise to match any offers defused the market. His game might really benefit by staying under the same coach but if he returns for one year thinking his priority is to jack up his scoring for free agency that won’t help anybody very much.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I personally don’t think the Cavaliers are in any position to warn anyone given their roster but at the same time Gee is probably making a mistake by not compromising. I just hate to see this kind of stuff because Gee and the Cavaliers are both in the same boat. The Cavaliers are young, lacking the overall skill but showing some promise and so is Gee. Would seem like a perfect fit especially when you look at Casspi being the only other SF option at this point.

  • floydrubino

    We should go after Jamario Moon again and then sign CJ Miles so we can take the 2 most pathetic free agents in the market. I now see Gilbert’s genius strategy of cornering the market on signing the worst free agents out there.

  • Tim K.

    So, apparently don’t do a Google Image Search of “CJ Miles” if you don’t use filters and you are at work. 😉

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Weems for me would be worse then Miles but now you know how I’ve felt watching the football team do nothing to better itself in free agency. I think it’s sad that the Indians sickness has spread to the other teams in town.

  • Colin

    hahahahahahaha that was unexpected

  • Harv 21

    Since they made Gee a qualifying offer they are stuck with him for a year, which makes for an awkward threat: sign a multiyear or we’ll sign this guy who will take your minutes while you’re trying to audition for free agency. And everyone will have frownie face.

  • mgbode

    they can drop the qualifying offer though. it’s up to Gee to sign the 1yr deal before they do. also, even if we add Miles & Gee, I think they are both better than what Casspi gave us last year. so, we should be able to make room.

  • mgbode

    also Delfino, especially since he always seems to be hurt.

    and, it’s not like Gee is any better than Miles. I like him more because he was with the Cavs last year, but if I was another team I’d have them graded near identically.

  • Harv 21

    You sure Cavs are allowed to retract at this stage? (if true, seems to defeat a player’s minimum guaranteed percentage raise from last year). But if they are allowed to retract Gee may actually want them to retract. His agent may have had discussions with other teams discussing this eventuality.

  • Natedawg86

    Don’t eat that donut over there when i walk away

  • kekoa

    This is great. Alonzo Gee got minutes on a bad team and put up decent numbers. The market said he is worthless to anyone besides us and now he can’t accept it, tough luck. If CJ miles got the same minutes on a team with not many scoring options he could drop 18 a night. They are the same player but Gee is a better defender and rebounder, and Miles has better handles and can score a tad better. One player understands what he is and will play for a lot less money. Nothing lost, still need to draft a SF next year high in the draft or trade for Rudy Gay or Igudala.

  • mgbode

    it’s $2.7mil, so I doubt they would. they could just sit on it knowing they get a decent player for a cheap contract.

  • gren

    He’s just a cheap guy we can use a stop gap or split the role with Gee. Either way Small Forward is going to be our weak position (never thought I would say that) but, the next off-season is where the magic can happen.

    Expecting anything but from the Cavs before at least 3-4 drafts of solid young players is asking for a disaster.

  • Steve

    Let’s see. Indians sign a whatever guy to fill out the roster – town gets up in arms. Cavs sign a whatever guy to fill out the roster – legitimate conversation. Sounds reasonable.

  • Yup

    I think Miles is a perfect FA pick-up for the Cavs. Still young enough and cheap.