With NBA free agency finally underway, the Indiana Pacers knew they had some moves to make in order to keep pace with the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference. With a possible departure of a key player in Lance Stephenson, the organization knew it would have to add a shooting guard during free agency just in case.
Enter, C.J. Miles.
The nine-year veteran signed a four-year, $18 million deal with the Pacers, making him the next man up at the shooting guard position, assuming Stephenson leaves.
However, Indiana will not be content with the type of production they would be losing in Stephenson, who may be asking for more money than the Pacers can afford at the moment. Losing a guy who averaged nearly 14 points and 7.2 rebounds per game to go along with some junkyard grit will not be easy on the Pacers.
It’s just silly to think that a guy like Miles can replace that type of production when he was nothing more than an average role player for the Cleveland Cavaliers for the past two seasons, missing a total of 48 games in that time span.
Miles has a career average of 8.9 points and 2.2 rebounds. To think that he can replace 14 points and 7.2 rebounds and a whole lot of toughness is ridiculous.
Sure, the Pacers made this signing just in case Stephenson heads elsewhere, but they should have made a bigger splash in free agency and stuck to the “Lance Stephenson is priority No. 1″ strategy.
Settling is never a good thing.
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