There’s also another local lad, a free-agent-to-be who has all along thought the idea of playing pro ball in his backyard would be pretty cool. In less than two months we’ll find out how interested the Mavs are in bringing home C.J. Miles.
Drafted in 2005 by the Utah Jazz, the Skyline High School product has remained with the Jazz for his entire seven-year career, averaging 8.4 points in 19.3 minutes a game. At just 25 years old, Miles becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1 for the first time in his career. Of course, Miles and Williams were former teammates in Utah.
During a May 2010 guest appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s “Galloway & Company,” the 6-foot-6 shooting guard made it clear he’d like to play at home. Here’s a snippet of how that conversation went:
“I definitely would want to do that at one point in my career. Just to have that feeling. That hometown feeling of having my friends and family behind me to see me play and see how I’ve grown. I definitely have that feeling sometimes.”
As for what it would take to make it happen?
“I don’t know. I guess I’d have to be free and, if they were interested, I’d definitely take it into high consideration.”
With Jason Terry hitting free agency, will the Mavs be in the market for a young, athletic shooting guard? Miles, who earned $3.7 million this season, isn’t exactly a sharpshooter, hitting for 38.1 percent overall this season and 30.7 percent from beyond the arc. His career numbers are just a few notches better at 41.9 percent and 32.9 percent, respectively.
Miles recently told the Deseret News that he is looking forward to exploring his options and that being reunited with Williams is an intriguing possibility.
“If that was an issue that came up I definitely would look at it. Who wouldn’t, especially with the way that team is built now,” Miles said. “They’re aging a little bit and I’m pretty sure they’re going to be looking for some guys that do some of the things I do.”
Would the Mavs be interested? So much depends on if Williams signs, which players remain on the roster after any trades to create additional cap space and how much money the Mavs then have to fill out the roster. Rodrigue Beaubois and Dominique Jones both have a year left on their deals and Vince Carter will probably be returning. Delonte West joins Terry in free agency.
The Mavs shipped off athletic small forward Corey Brewer before last season, but there’s no doubt they want an infusion of youth and athleticism in their backcourt.
Now it’s all about how the dominoes fall.
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