NBA Trade Rumors: Will the Utah Jazz Deal C.J. Miles Before Trade Deadline?
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Miles has spent his entire NBA career as a member of the Jazz since entering the league directly out of high school back in 2005. The Jazz selected Miles in the second round and he has turned out to be one of their better players as of recent.
The Jazz are a team currently in rebuilding mode, and could be looking to bring in more assets before doing some more tweaking this summer. Veteran players (including Raja Bell, Al Jefferson and Miles) could be on the move, or allowed to leave via free agency, depending on what the Jazz are looking to do through the next NBA draft.
Although Miles is only 24 years old and the team’s longest tenured player (currently in his seventh NBA season), he has an expiring contract and has garnered some interest around the league. The bigger question remains as to whether the Jazz are interested in re-signing the lefty guard/forward or dealing him before the deadline to get some assets in return.
A player that has only gotten better and matured with experience (currently averaging 9.4 points per game this season), Miles may find himself on another team for the first time in his young NBA career. Miles has seen his name bandied about in possible trade scenarios this week. According to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld.com, Miles has been linked to possible deals with the New Jersey Nets and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Sources say the Utah Jazz are shopping C.J. Miles. The New Jersey Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves are among the teams showing interest.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) March 14, 2012
Miles is a young player with room to improve, but where he finds himself Thursday night is something that is beyond his control. He could be packaged along with another player or be part of a multi-team trade. It will be interesting to see what happens as the trade deadline approaches the final hours.
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