The Cavaliers big free agent signing of C.J. Miles wasn’t anything fancy, but something that will pay in more ways than one. Although he is only 25, Miles is a crafty veteran entering his eight-year in the NBA and has played in 389 career games, averaging 8.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.
Reports came out of Salt Lake indicating that Miles’ decision came from the relationship that he and head coach Byron Scott developed in the short time they were together. With him joining the Cavs, it gives him a more important role as far as being a leader and playing time. He also drew interest from the Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Utah Jazz drafted him in 2005 out of Skyline High School in Dallas, Texas. Although he was considered a first-round pick when he was named a McDonalds All-American, he fell to Utah in the second round.
He entered the NBA as one of the youngest players in the league and had some rough spots with former legendary Jazz coach Jerry Sloan. Sloan was quoted in a press conference saying; “He came out kind of soft. I mean I don’t care if he’s 19 or 30. If he’s going to be on the floor in the NBA, he’s got to be able to step up and get after it. We can’t put diapers on him one night, and a jockstrap the next night. It’s just the way it is.”
Miles will bring more to the Cavs other than his eight points a game. He brings a veteran presence to our young guards and can emerge as a possible leader. He has taken his bumps and bruises in Utah with a hard-knock coach, similar to Byron Scott, so he knows how to take tough love.
At young age he still has a bright future. In his time at Utah, he was competing for playing time with Deron Williams, Kyle Korver, Devin Harris, Ronnie Price, Ronnie Brewer and Raja Bell. The highlight of his career came in 2010 against Milwaukee when Miles recorded 40 points.
The 40-point game shows he has the ability to score when given the chance. He will be given plenty of chances to score and will be getting solid minutes switching between shooting guard and small forward.