Originally written on Stepien Rules  |  Last updated 7/25/12

A scout from the Western Conference told me that he believed there were twenty players in the D-League better than Alonzo Gee. That sounded real harsh to me when he said it. I'm almost not sure that's even fair to say, and I immediately thought this guy might still be bitter over a missed opportunity to recommend Alonzo to his GM or something a couple years back. Instead of saying all that though, I simply replied with "really?" He continued. "Hey, I'm not saying the guy didn't capitalize on his opportunity. He did, and great for him. He was very productive this season, and he plays real hard. I'm just saying that my team, we'd never sign him. He's not the type of player we're looking for."


I mention this because Alonzo Gee did average 10.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game last season. The Cavaliers extended him a $2.7 million offer sheet as a result earlier this month but he wasn't interested. He instead opted to test the free agent market, and that market has responded with zero offers so far. Despite being a solid defender, punishing finisher at the rim, double digit score and effective rebounder from the small forward position, it's possible that the scout I talked with isn't alone. I think being a player who emerged from the D-League might be working against Alonzo right now in some respects. That guy's just a D-League player, people around the League might still be saying. Even though it's clear he's more than simply that.

Cavs meeting with CJ Miles:

Sam Amico from Fox Sports Ohio reports that the Cavaliers will be meeting with C.J. Miles: The Cavaliers have scheduled a two-day visit with free agent small forward C.J. Miles, a source familiar with the meeting told FOX Sports Ohio late Tuesday. Miles, 25, is an unrestricted free agent, able to sign with any team and leaving the Jazz without the option to match. He has spent all seven of his NBA seasons in Utah. The Cavs are said to be far apart in negotiations with Alonzo Gee, who finished this past season as the team’s starting small forward. The meeting with Miles may signify that the team is considering other options at the position, the source said.

Miles is an okay player. He underwhelmed as the 34th pick out of highschool back when you still could come out of highschool (2005), and went on to average 9.1 points per game last season. He shot 38-percent in the process coming off the Jazz's bench. The year before that he averaged 12.8 points, which was his best year ever in the League. If I had to guess, I'd say that meeting with Miles is a positioning move for the Cavaliers in their negotiations with Alonzo Gee. So Alonzo, we offered you $2.7 million, the market set your price at zero, and now we're meeting with other small forwards. Would you like to talk a little bit more maybe?

Delonte West will remain a Maverick:

Delonte West's broken finger allowed him to play only 44 games last season, but he did enough to re-up with the Dallas Mavericks. On behalf of all of us here at Stepien Rules, congrats on that Mr. West. Terms of his contract were not known, but it is reportedly thought to be more than the $1.1 million he played for last season. This from the Dallas Morning News:

The 6-3 guard has been waiting patiently since becoming a free agent on July 1. He’d stressed all along that he was hoping to stay with the Mavericks. Terms of the agreement weren’t known. West was hoping for a multiyear deal, but the Mavericks have been trying to limit all deals to one guaranteed year. Either way, West likely will earn significantly more than the veteran minimum salary ($1.1 million) he earned last season. The Mavericks had $2.5 million in cap space available to re-sign West, although it was unknown if they used all or part of that space.

West, who will turn 29 on Thursday, is the 14th contract that is at least partially guaranteed by the Mavericks. It is expected that second-round draftee Bernard James also will agree to terms soon and that will give the team 15 players with guaranteed contracts. West will ensure that the Mavericks continue to have a player coming off the bench with an edgy style of play.

Big fan of that "edgy style of play" line - well said. Good move by the Mavericks too, because reports were circulating yesterday that the Lakers were intersted in signing Delonte as well. Hopefully he can build on what he did last season down there in Big-D.

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