NBA: Celtics Sign Darius Miles

Nick CasoAnalyst IAugust 24, 2008

After winning the NBA Championship last season, the Boston Celtics knew that they were going to have to work hard to bring back the group that brought them their first championship since 1986. However, things did not go as planned for the Celts.

James Posey, who was without a doubt their biggest contributor off the bench, signed a four-year deal with the Hornets. This was a huge blow to the Celtics as they do not have anyone who can contribute as much both offensively and defensively. The Celtics were able though, to bring back Eddie House and Tony Allen, both who contributed nicely to their Championship run.

The Celtics made a surprising move the other day when they signed former Trail Blazer Darius Miles to a contract. This was an interesting move as Miles has missed the last two seasons due to a knee injury. The Blazers waived him after they believed the knee injury to be career threatening.

If Miles can get back to his old form, the Celtics hope he can take the place of James Posey. Miles is still young and he is a good defensive player, which is what the Celtics need most as it was defense that led them to a Championship. Miles is not the shooter that Posey was, but if he can play defense like Boston hopes, they will not need him to score.

Miles has a very interesting clause in his contract. It states that if he plays at least ten games this upcoming season, the Blazers have to pay out the money he is owed over the next two seasons, which is roughly $18 million. The Celtics were smart in signing a player who is low-risk, high-reward.  

If he does not work out as hoped, Boston can release him and not have to pay him a dime. There are still some decent players left in the free agent pool, and it will be interesting to see if the Celtics take a shot at any of them. I am sure that they would like to bolster their bench as it was an integral part of their success last season.

 I am sure that they would like to bring back P.J. Brown who was huge off  the bench and came up big in the playoffs.