Pacers' C.J. Miles to decline player option and become an unrestricted free agent

C.J. Miles is coming off his best shooting season. He shot 40 percent from 3-point range last season, which puts him in a category that teams value. Players that can shoot like that from deep are considered extremely valuable in today's NBA. So it should come as no surprise that Miles will be declining his player option to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Indiana Pacers swingman C.J. Miles will decline his player option for the 2017-18 season and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, league sources tell ESPN.

Miles, 30, is forgoing a salary of approximately $4.8 million in hopes of securing an extended, lucrative deal this offseason.

(Via ESPN)

There is more money in the NBA than ever before. Miles is making the smart move off a great season to go look for a pay increase with salaries escalating for role players like him. Not only will he see a more secure, long-term contract, but if recent history says anything then he'll likely get paid somewhere in the $10 million per year range.

Indiana struggled to find consistency from most of its role guys, but Miles was one of the few the Pacers found reliable. Miles is a decent defender, but his real value is shooting. He's seen massive improvements over the last few years, and his 40 percent from 3-point range last season was a career high. There are concerns about Miles being able to repeat that, but he should be a serviceable player for whoever signs him.

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