Miles agreed to a three-year, $25 million deal Sunday with the Raptors and will be acquired via a sign-and-trade for Cory Joseph, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Just one day after the Raptors dealt DeMarre Carroll's contract into Brooklyn's cap space, Toronto acquires Miles on a much cheaper deal to fill that small forward void. In his 12th NBA season, Miles shot a career-best 41.3 percent from behind the arc, and he will help address the need of three-point shooting that the Raptors so desperately needed to address this offseason. With Miles playing alongside two dominant scorers in Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, his fantasy value will remain limited, but he'll still look to serve a crucial floor-spacing role on this revamped Raptors team.
Miles will decline his player option for the 2017-18 season and become a free agent, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports. Miles largely played a bench role for the Pacers during the 2016-17 season, seeing 23.4 minutes per game. His bread and butter is the three-pointer, where he shot a career-high 41.3 percent last season. With that kind of stroke, it shouldn't be difficult for Miles to find a suitor willing to pay him more than the $4.8 million option he declined.
Miles will start at shooting guard in Thursday's Game 3 against the Cavaliers, Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports reports. Miles scored nine points while also recording two rebounds, an assist, and two steals in 16 minutes during Monday's Game 2 loss to Cleveland. He'll be starting in place of Monta Ellis, who scored just two points in 25 minutes in Monday's game. Miles will likely see a minutes increase while in the starting lineup. It's unclear if he'll remain in the starting lineup for Game 4 on Sunday as well.
Miles exploded for 27 points (8-13 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 6-6 FT) to go along with six rebounds, two assists and one steal across 34 minutes off the bench during Sunday's 135-130 double-overtime loss to the Cavaliers. Miles' aggressiveness was necessary as Indiana kept pace with a Cleveland squad that is nearing full strength, and his success shooting the ball, especially from beyond the arc, helped him achieve a new season high in scoring. His run in the starting lineup appears over as Monta Ellis has started the last five games, but Miles is still averaging 14.6 points and 2.6 treys per game during that span.
Miles will come off the bench for Sunday's game against the 76ers. Coach Nate McMillan is looking to speed up the game flow Sunday, so he's opted to go with Monta Ellis over Miles as the team's starting shooting guard. It remains to be seen if this is just a one-game experiment or if this will be a lineup used more frequently as the season comes to a close, but either way, it likely means a few less minutes for Miles.
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