C.J. Miles to meet with Pacers, likely to leave Cavs in free agency

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miles_mediadaySwingman C.J. Miles will meet with the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, the first day of free agency, reports Fox Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico. The 27-year-old is likely going to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and seek a larger role elsewhere, Amico later added.

Miles was an efficient shooter with the Cavs the past two seasons, averaging 10.6 points in 116 games with 38.8% three-point shooting. He was signed to a very reasonable two-year $4.45 million deal back in 2012. The signing was likely the best contract handed out by the Cleveland organization in the post-LeBron James era.

Throughout the 2013-14 season, the Cavs played very well with Miles’ much-needed floor-spacing. Although he only played 984 minutes, the Cavs were +2.4 per 48 with him on the court. He battled a handful of injuries and played in only three games after the All-Star Break.

In Indiana (or nearly anywhere else), Miles could provide excellent bench scoring. The Pacers offense stagnated throughout the year and he’d play a nice complementary shooting role alongside the scrappy Lance Stephenson, if he re-signs.

There’s no doubt going to be a market for C.J. Miles in the shooting-crazed NBA world of 2014. I’m a bit disheartened that the Cavaliers don’t seem to be that interested just yet. His $2.89 million cap hold is currently on the team’s books. The Cavs have expressed early interest in Washington’s Trevor Ariza, another active shooter who should have a much more expensive price tag.

  • boomhauertjs

    Meh, I feel like Miles is one of those guys Cavs Twitter overrates because of his social media presence. Despite his decent percentages, I felt like he was too streaky of a shooter and didn’t offer much else.

  • mgbode

    When he took shots, some of them went in, which was big on last year’s team. I like him but he’s replaceable.

  • mgbode

    Someone get Jacob some coffee. Nice job manning the desk for the start of FA.

  • RGB

    Mr. Bennett, pay attention.

  • mgbode

    he can’t answer, he’s too busy doing the Karl Malone drill over and over and over (sprint the court, do 10 repetitions of 225lb bench, repeat). Followed by the Mark Price drills (1000 free throws, 1000 3pters per day).

  • RGB

    He’d better be.

  • Harv 21

    Fine. He could get white hot at times on horrible teams, but the need for streaky jump shooters who play no defense will probably be filled by Karasev and Joe Harris.

  • mgbode
  • WFNYJacob

    Definitely have coffee this morning. :)

  • saggy

    don’t let the door hit you…

  • Kildawg

    I’m guessing it would have to be a sign and trade, given the Cavs’ cap hold on Miles; unless the Cavs renounce the hold. Same goes for Hawes and Deng (although both of them are better S&T candidates).

  • Steve

    Miles was one of the few players on the right side of the plus-minus ledger for this team.

    I’d say it’s at least similar to the Delly situation. You may not need to bring him specifically back, but you need to give minutes to a guy who can do the things he does.

  • woofersus

    Any shooting at all was valuable over the past two seasons. I think it would be an interesting analysis to see how much FG% and 3P% variance affected team success vs just looking at year end averages. I’m not a statistician, and that seems like it would be pretty labor intensive to do, but I always felt like Miles was the kind of guy who gave you 25pts when you needed 15 on one night, then gave you 5pts when you needed 10 for the next few. He could get scary hot for a game or two, but then disappear for a week at a time. That has to have some detriment vs. a guy who (more) consistently hits a similar percentage of his attempts from night to night.

    I would probably start with the percentages from each game over the season, weight them based on the defensive rating of the opponent, and then calculate the standard deviation. Repeat for several other players with similar shooting percentages and then ponder the rankings. Maybe there’s a way to link that standard deviation to an effect on win shares, or maybe some other advanced offensive statistic to see if there is a correlation.