As the real NBA trade deadline nears, impending Cavaliers free agent CJ Miles is reportedly drawing interest from clubs throughout the league. In a line item surrounding Indians Pacers small forward Danny Granger, FOX Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico mentions that Miles, who is currently Cleveland’s starting shooting guard, is on the radar of a few teams, though to a lesser extent than Granger.
The 26-year-old Miles is easily one of the biggest vocal leaders on the Cavaliers, blending his lead-by-example style with veteran experience gained under former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan. It was Miles who worked out with Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters this past summer, and provided some words during the team’s now-infamous ‘players only’ meeting which occurred earlier this season. He’s a cerebral player who can provide offense from outside, but one who has also been sporatic as of late, following up a 19-point effort in a win over the Denver Nuggets with a six-point outing in the loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
His numbers this season are almost in lockstep with those of 2012-13, averaging just over 10 points per game on 43 percent shooting. It was Miles who, earlier this year, set the Cavaliers’ record for most three-point field goals made in a game, hitting 10 in a win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Miles is in the final year of a contract with the Cavs that pays him $2.2 million this season. He will be an unrestricted free agent this coming summer.
It is unclear what Miles would garner in a deal, but it would be far-fetched to assume much more than a conditional, future draft selection.
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