Utah Jazz: What Does the Team Do with C.J. Miles' Option?
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With all of the excitement surrounding the Utah Jazz having two lottery picks in the NBA draft, possible trade speculation and how to handle the re-siging of one of it's top players in team history in Andrei Kirilenko, there is another matter that the team must address this off-season.
What do they do about next season's team contract option for C.J. Miles?
Miles originally joined the team as an 18 year old rookie after being drafted in the second round of the 2005 NBA draft. He then became the youngest player in franchise history.
Had he not been drafted, he was set to play at the University of Texas, where he may have played with Kevin Durant.
After arriving in the NBA, many stated that he would have benefited from attending college and should have waited to enter the league.
His first few seasons were difficult, with Miles spending a lot of time in the developmental league.
As Miles saw an increase in playing time, his abilities improved, but he has never been able to overcome his inconsistencies.
In a game late in this season, he looked great as he scored 40 points against the Timberwolves, but his point production declined to 19, 10, and 11 over the next few games. He seems to be very inconsistent and is unable to put together long stretches of quality play and production.
His best statistical season was this last year when he came off the bench as the sixth man and averaged 12.8 points per game.
One never knows which C.J. Miles will show up to the arena. Some nights he looks like an All-Star, and some nights he looks lost out on the court.
Hall of Fame Coach Jerry Sloan summed up Miles' level of effort and production in C.J.'s second season when he said: "We can't put diapers on him one night, and a jockstrap the next."
Unfortunately for Miles and the Jazz, this is a trait that he has carried throughout his career.
The contract that Miles signed in the summer of 2008 with the Oklahoma City Thunder was matched by the Jazz based on his athleticism and potential. After seeing Miles play the last several seasons, what do they do with him now?
The team option for C.J. is for $3,700,000 next season. By way of comparison, this amount is right between what is owed to Raja Bell at $3,240,000 and Derrick Favors at $4,443,360. It is also over a million more than what second year player Gordon Hayward will make.
So Jazz fans, once again I ask you to put on your General Manager hat and let me know what you would do if this were your decision.
What are your choices with C.J. Miles? Would you pick up the team option or let him go as a free agent? Does he have value in some sort of sign and trade? What about in a package deal with another player? Where does he fit with the future of this franchise?
Let's get another good discussion going, and let me know what you think.
Salary information found on Hoopshype.com
Chris Johstoneaux is a contributor to Bleacher Report that usually covers the NBA, and Major League Soccer. If you liked this article, please take a moment to leave me a comment and follow me on Twitter at @JazzRSLExaminer.
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