NBA Free Agency 2014: Grading the first two days

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Jan 10, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz point guard Alec Burks (10) defends against Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard C.J. Miles (0) during the first half at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

C.J. Miles - Signs with Indiana for 4 years/$18 million

Grade: B-

Analysis: Miles is a rangy athlete with legitimate three-point range, 35% for his career including 38.8% on 4.6 attempts per game over his two seasons in Cleveland. Unfortunately he’s also a maddeningly inconsistent player both in terms of performance and ability to stay healthy, having only played 70+ games in a season twice during his nine year career.

Still given Indiana’s desperate needs for offense (especially shooting) and wing depth with athleticism and size, Miles is decent risk. Early signings have shown that shooting and wing play won’t come cheaply in this market so getting him for $4.5/season isn’t too much of a stretch.

The major downside is the degree to which this deal combined with the rumored signing of Croatian stretch-4 Damjan Rudez impacts the Pacers’ ability to improve on their reported 5 year/$44 million offer for Lance Stephenson should they wish to do so.

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