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Miles figures to give Cavs another good shooter

The Sports Xchange

The Cavaliers' roster is almost complete.

They officially signed swingman C.J. Miles to a reported two-year, $4 million contract on Aug. 8. He announced the signing on his Twitter account.

"Papers signed," he tweeted. "It's a done deal."

He is expected to provide backup minutes at small forward or shooting guard. There's a chance he could move into the starting lineup at small forward.

The deal doesn't preclude the Cavs from trying to re-sign swingman Alonzo Gee. The restricted free agent has yet to find a deal this summer. If the Cavs can't sign Gee to a multiyear deal, he could sign his $2.7 million qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Dion Waiters, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2012 draft, will be given every opportunity to win the starting job at shooting guard.

However, many think Miles is best suited to play the shooting guard spot. The 6-foot-6, 222-pounder certainly isn't shy about shooting. He's a 41.9 percent career shooter from the field and 32.9 percent from 3-point range.

The athletic Miles has played his entire seven-year career with the Utah Jazz. He averaged 9.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 56 games (14 starts) for the Jazz last season and scored a season-high 27 points against Houston last Feb. 29. Miles scored a career-high 40 points against Minnesota on March 16, 2011.

He was Utah's second-round pick (34th overall) in the 2005 draft out of Skyline High School in Dallas.

Miles has averaged 8.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 389 games (159 starts). He should fit in well in Cavs coach Byron Scott's up-tempo attack.

He's a good spot-up shooter and more skilled offensively than Gee. Gee, however, is better defensively and is a far superior rebounder. That's why Gee might have the edge to start at the "3" spot.

The 6-6, 219-pound Gee started the last 31 games last season and averaged career highs in points (10.6), rebounds (5.1) and steals (1.3).

Not counting Gee, the Cavs have 15 players under contract heading into training camp.

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