Giles posted 17 points (6-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, two blocks and an assist across 22 minutes off the bench in Thursday's win over the Ignite. Giles ended as Agua Caliente's second-best scorer while coming off the bench in what was a very efficient performance from the 23-year-old. This game was a step in the right direction following his effort in the season opener when he scored just nine points while making just four of his 11 shots.
Giles was waived by the Clippers on Saturday, Michael Scotto of USA Today reports. Giles averaged 6.3 points and 7.5 rebounds in 13.7 minutes per game across four preseason appearances this year. However, he was unable to remain with the club to begin the regular season because Isaiah Hartenstein secured a spot on the final roster.
Giles signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Clippers on Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Giles will get a chance to prove his usefulness to the organization during training camp. Giles was the No. 2 high school recruit in the 2016 class but was drafted 20th overall in 2017 due to durability concerns, and he's struggled to find a consistent role since. He's appeared in 142 NBA games (17 starts) and has averaged 5.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 12.9 minutes.
Giles hasn't appeared in any of the Trail Blazers' last five games due to coach's decisions. Even with top center Jusuf Nurkic missing one of those contests for rest purposes, Giles hasn't been able to find even garbage-time minutes while coming off the Portland bench. When both Nurkic and Enes Kanter are available, they'll absorb most of the minutes at center in competitive contests, and Robert Covington and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson appear to be coach Terry Stotts' top options at the position when the Trail Blazers roll out small-ball lineups. Giles is thus unlikely to be much more than an emergency depth piece for Portland.
Giles (calf) was active for the Trail Blazers' victories Thursday over the Pelicans and Friday over the Mavericks, but he didn't leave the bench in coach's decisions. The Trail Blazers are light on center depth with Jusuf Nurkic (wrist) and Zach Collins (ankle) both in the midst of long-term absences, but the recent return of Giles from a month-long absence of his own due to a calf injury hasn't affected head coach Terry Stotts' rotations. Rather than relying on Giles, Stotts has turned to starting power forward Robert Covington to fill most of the backup minutes behind starter Enes Kanter. Giles' path to playing time will become more blocked when Nurkic likely returns to action in late March.
Last 7 Games
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