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Blazers still in peril with MIles (UPDATE 2)

Posted on: January 8, 2009 1:52 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2009 11:19 am

Turns out the Portland Trail Blazers aren't in the clear with Darius Miles' cap-killing contract, after all.

A person with knowledge of the situation has confirmed to me a Yahoo! Sports report that the six preseason games Miles played for Boston count against the 10-game threshold that would cause MIles' $18 million to go back on the Blazers' books. The money would be split evenly over this season and next, thus crippling any plans the Blazers might've had to be a player in free agency.

It had been believed -- even among GMs who were monitoring the Miles situation -- that the Blazers dodged a bullet when Memphis released him this week after playing only two games. Not so; according to the CBA, Miles is only two games away from wrecking Portland's cap situation.

It is hard to empathize with a team trying to get out from under a bad contract. If you sign a player to a bad contract, you should be prepared to live with the consequences. The Blazers have been in that frame of mind all along, so they're not looking for sympathy. G.M. Kevin Pritchard told me in an email that he "planned for all the scenarios."

The part of this that makes me queasy is the notion that rival GMs are salivating at the prospect of signing Miles and running him onto the floor for two games just for the sake of hurting the Blazers. There has to be some mechanism, some power at David Stern's discretion, to prevent such obvious abuse. I will let you know if such authority exists, but there is one reprieve at Portland's disposal for sure: If Miles' salary goes back on the books, the Blazers can apply after a year to have the final year taken off. Depending on the motives of the team that signs Miles and plays him for those two games, excusing the final year would seem to be a fair compromise -- one that doesn't fully forgive Portland for giving Miles the contract in the first place, but doesn't over-penalize, either.

UPDATE: Here is how it would work if Miles reached the 10-game threshold and the Blazers applied to have the second $9 million installment wiped from their books. According to a person familiar with the situation, the rules allow Portland to apply for relief one year after the injury that caused the disability. The team applies to the league office, which works in conjunction with medical experts and the NBA Players Association to reach a consensus. It would have to be determined if Miles is unable to play due to the injury or due to lack of skill -- a gray area if there ever was one. If it is determined that Miles can't play anymore skill-wise, Portland clearly wouldn't be given relief on the second year of the money.

UPDATE: Now the Trail Blazers have put the other 29 teams on notice: Sign Miles for the expressed purpose of harming us, and we'll sue you.

Although the notion of a team using Miles to hurt the Blazers is just wrong, the fact that Pritchard has prepared for this situation from the beginning tells me that this isn't as catastrophic to Portland's long-term plan as some of suggested. It would be nice to have cap flexibility, but Pritchard has some other valuable assets -- young, appealing players on reasonable contracts that could be packaged in a trade for the piece that might push the Blazers over the top. And remember: Regardless of the Miles situation, there's nothing to prevent a marquee free agent from going to Portland in a sign-and-trade.




Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2009 5:18 pm

Blazers still in peril with MIles (UPDATE 2)

Legally can they do that? Wait what the heck did go downtown and revamp mean first of all. You can't block a guy from being signed because you don't want to pay a luxury cap and I don't know how the players union will let it happen. They cut him from a deal that they themselves signed as an organization. Doesn't matter if a new staff is in town. Stand accountable for the deals your team makes and not try to cop out because it's convenient for you. Should have bought him out like other teams do instead of throwing a label on him they constricts you to the current situation. Knicks are stuck with Marbury's deal right now. Granted it's a different situation but they are living with the fact that they made a dumb move by signing him. Now let me tell you a little story about being fair. You may have heard of the late great Reggie Lewis who tragically passed away in the early nineties. After he passed the Celtics proposed to have his salary which was fairly substantly for their total cap at the time negated from the books, but they would pay the full salary to his family. Obviously trying to do the right thing while freeing up cap bc their guy died, not because he was terrible like a D Miles. Well it went to a league vote and not one team voted in the Celtics favor. That's pretty fair huh? Well it was all because every organization was sticking it to Red. So kid's the moral of the story with it and don't sign dummy's to whack deals.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2009 5:02 pm

Blazers still in peril with MIles (UPDATE 2)

Agreed Hornets. So what is Portland management gonna do?  Hire hitmen to kill owners who may be interested in signing Miles. I praying for Denver to sign him to a 10 day contract just until Melo's healthy enough to return so he can kill a few minutes and in the process hurt a conference rival. Are you paying attention Mr. Karl? Do it! You have a legitament reason for signing him due to Melo's injury so it's in your hands.

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2009 4:46 pm

Blazers still in peril with MIles (UPDATE 2)

Freddy Brown you need to go downtown and revamp.  You need to look at the Big Picture.  The problem with Miles in the beginning was the front office, which doesn't excise any longer.  If this was a new business you just bought, would you feel the same way.  The Blazers are doing a great thin now and on the right road.  Why should David Stern allow this situation turn into a frat party for the rest of the league.  The guy can't play and can't help any team, I mean, come on, if Memphis waived him, who need him.

Since: Jan 31, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2009 3:42 pm

Blazers still in peril with MIles (UPDATE 2)

Look, here is the bottom line. Any team that picks Darius Miles up right now isn't doing it for his ability to play. They are doing it to hurt the Portland Trailblazers. Some one above mentioned communism. I really don't know how that ties into any of this at all other than the fact that communism is bad and so is this whole mess. Everyone needs to remember that the Memphis Grizzlies tossed him.... I repeat the Memphis Grizzlies tossed him. If they couldn't see any value in him, I don't know who can. My point is where is the competition in the sport. Why not try to beat a team fairly instead of attempting to cut them down through the cap. Any team that does this is a Coward with a capital C. Personally I think it is childish of the blazers to threaten. If Darius Miles can play in the NBA then let him play. He abused us while he was with us but let us not return the favor and be on his level. Hopefully the team (if any) that does pick Darius Miles up will sign him for his talent and not to attempt some sort of backdoor sabotage.

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2009 3:04 pm

Blazers still in peril with MIles (UPDATE 2)

The fact that the Jailblazers couldn't get that guy to do anything and decided to pay him anyways has nothing to do with the legal ramifications of the current situation. You can't go and tell teams not to sign a guy because you don't want to pay the salary. The have damaged his chances of playing in the league whether you think he has the ability to contribute or not. Don't cry about him and the past and be happy your team has a bright future with young talents.

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2009 2:05 pm

Blazers still in peril with MIles (UPDATE 2)

Blackballed Miles?  Man, if you followed the Blazers at ALL you'd know how many chances this kid has been given by the organization, fans, make good.  He received a WAY large contract (yes, our 'inept' front office at the time gets all the blame for that) and basically sat on his @$$ for three years smoking bonghits and playing video games.  Never set foot in a gym he wasn't FORCED into....even during his physical therapy.....

He's out of shape and a lockerroom cancer.  The ONLY reason a team would want to pick him up is to hurt us.  He couldn't even make a D-League squad if there were open tryouts.  NO way.  He's that out of shape, that lazy, that worthless.

If he wanted to come back, he would have rehabbed in the first place.  Not sat around for years getting fat and cashing checks.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2009 1:29 pm

Blazers still in peril with MIles (UPDATE 2)

I don't see any team signing Miles for this season.  He isn't ready to contribute and right now he is at best a 10 day contract player.  D. Miles, if you're serious about being in the NBA once again, go down to the NBDL and bust your a$$ like the rest of the them.

Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2009 1:24 pm

Blazers still in peril with MIles (UPDATE 2)

Where are we going in society?  I am a Cleveland Cavaliers fan, so I do not support Darius Miles. He was not very good as a Cav. Since he was the third overall pick in the 2000 draft D. Miles has been a border line bust.  However, Portland is the owner of his contract.  If Portland did not want to honor the contract then they should have never agreed to it.  It is Portland's liability, bottom line.  I mean D. Miles was a bust way before that contract was ever drawn up.

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2009 1:14 pm

Blazers still in peril with MIles (UPDATE 2)

They basically blackballed Miles and give him less of a shot of coming bad. That seems fair... Pretty sure the one doing the suing right now should be D Miles.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2009 12:49 pm

Blazers still in peril with MIles (UPDATE 2)

.....boy, that David Stern sure has control of his league.  Teams threatening to sue other teams for signing players?  Do we live in the USA anymore?  This sounds like communism.

Stern, you're league is BROKEN and you are not the person to fix it.

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