Originally posted on Stepien Rules  |  Last updated 8/3/12

The Cavaliers have reportedly come to terms on a two-year deal with 6'6" free agent swingman CJ Miles. From as best I can tell, CJ is not on Twitter. A Twitter search for CJ Miles I conducted earlier this afternoon yielded results that were not him. 

I did later find out that CJ Miles was the second player in the history of Dallas' Skyline High to have his jersey retired by the school. The first player was Larry Johnson. Larry later starred as Grandmama in a series of critically acclaimed television commercials wearing a dress. That's where the comparions to Johnson and CJ end. To his credit, CJ has never been in a commercial wearing a dress.

He didn't go to college either. In 2005, CJ Miles was drafted directly out of high school. He was considered to be a first rounder coming out as McDonald's All American, but wasn't drafted until the second. He was selected 34th overall, just after Brandon Bass, and two picks before Ersan Ilyasova. Ilyasova just got paid this summer btw. The contract value of Miles' reported deal with the Cavaliers hasn't been announced yet.


In that 2005 Draft, the Cavs swapped two second round picks with Orlando in order to attain the services of Martynas Andriuskevicius. He would go on to play 6 games for the Cavs. His friends call him Marty. CJ was reportedly going to attend Texas even after he was drafted that year too. I read that somewhere, not sure how that's possible, but I'm guessing he didn't sign with an agent maybe. Whatever the case, Utah ended up locking Miles into a 2-year guarunteed rookie deal soon after the Draft, and he'd become the youngest player in the NBA that first season.

In his second year, Coach Jerry Sloan dropped a "diapers blast" on CJ which is always unfortunate. Sloan said in a postgame interview of Miles: "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."

From there CJ grinded his way through some D-League games, and eventually proved his worth as an NBA player. From 2005-2012, he played in 389 NBA games which is a lot for a guy who's only 25 years old right now. He's averaged 8.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.3 assists on his career. His best season was in 2010-11 where he averaged 12.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists. Last year he averaged 9, 2, and 1.

Reports indicate that he decided to play with Cleveland based on a bond he's developed with Byron Scott, as well as an increased opportunity he'll have to play for the Cavs. That would be more of an opportunity he expected to have here than with the other teams who were after him. That list included the Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Houston Rockets. The Lakers thought they had him this week too, turns out they didn't.

I don't think the signing of CJ Miles necessarily means that Alonzo Gee will not end up back in Cleveland next season either. The Cavaliers still need help at the SG spot behind Waiters, and Alonzo did spend time there last season. Right now, Miles and Casspi would be the only true SF actually under contract assuming Miles does eventually sign with CLE. Gee would be the only one of those three guys who could play both wing positions I think.

CJ Miles is certainly not a superstar. He is a solid "NBA" player though; not a D-Leaguer at all. He played almost 400 NBA games, and averaging 8 points in almost 400 NBA games is more difficult to do than people think. In 2010 against Minnesota he scored a career high 40. Here's hoping he has a game like that in Cleveland someday. Assuming this deal does go down as reported earlier today. I haven't received an email from the Cavs yet to officially confirm one way or another.

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