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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  • Stevie Adams

    Cavs are gonna be sick this year, even if bronbron doesnt come back.

    • Jarod Cook

      It really depends on how well the players buy into New coaching staffs system. And as well as if Blatt is as a good as advertised. 1st big challenge proving he belongs in the NBA(which i think he should’ve had a chance years ago), 2nd is trying to make Bennett into a decent player. With the pieces they’ve got now i’d say they’re a bottom seed team in the East. A lot of young talent that still needs a year or two to be truly competitive.

      That being said if Lebron comes back to town they instantly become a top seed in the East. And there time line speeds up. If Lebron really wants to win and compete for championships this move makes sense. The Cavs have a lot of they’re young core talent locked up under rookie deals for the next 2-3 years, and just locked up Irving for 5 more years. If he comes to town the next thing would be a possible trade for Love, they’ed have to possible give up Waiters, Thompson and some future 1st rounders to make the deal work. But Wiggins could slide in at SG, while Love would replace Thompson at PF. New big 3 in Cleveland Irving, Leborn, Love.

      • Stevie Adams

        i dont think the Love thing is gonna happen. just my opinion. i heard that anthony bennett has lost a lot of weight and working hard this offseason which is a good sign. plus with 3 more first round picks next season for the Cavs, theres a lot of wiggle room to get the right pieces and players that will have good chemistry with each other. i think Blatt is gonna take the league by storm.