C.J. Miles is a seven-year veteran who also happens to be just 25 years old and entering free agency after somewhat of a disappointing season. After posting career high figures in points, PER, and minutes two years ago, Miles experienced somewhat of a down year in 2012. His PPG dropped from 12.8 to 9.1, and he averaged almost five fewer minutes of playing time every night.
At one point in his career a full-time starter, Miles shot a deplorable 38.1 percent from the field this season. Being that he was playing in a contract year, the season-long funk wasn't good timing. But similar to Pau Gasol in Los Angeles, a change of scenery might be all that he needs to get back on the right track. Miles grew up learning how to play basketball from Jerry Sloan, one of the greatest coaches in league history, but last season he clashed a bit with the newcomer, Ty Corbin.
As he heads into free agency, Miles will have suitors. He's shown he can shoot a decent but not great three-ball (career 33 percent), and at 6'6" has the size and athleticism to roam the perimeter and wreak havoc in transition. In 2010, Miles averaged 14.4 PPG in 10 playoff games. He was only 22-years-old, and the fourth option on his team.
Born in Dallas, Texas, Miles has gone on record saying he'd love to play for his hometown Mavericks, but it's questionable as to whether or not that team shares mutual admiration. If Dallas is looking to get younger while adding someone with playoff experience, then Miles certainly fits. But it all depends on what they choose to do with free agents Jason Terry and Delonte West. And then, of course, there's the elephant in the room named Deron Williams, who further complicates the team's salary situation.
In 2008, the Jazz matched a four-year, $14.8MM offer sheet from Oklahoma City. They won't be able to do it again, and after making his disapproval for Coach Corbin clear once the season was over, it's probable Miles isn't returning to Utah.