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Decision is due today on Miles' offer sheet

By Darnell Mayberry Published: July 25, 2008
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/> That means Utah must decide whether Miles is a better long-term prospect than Korver, Brewer or Almond and is worth retaining at the expense of salary cap consequences.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound shooting guard is entering his fourth NBA season despite being only 21. He was a second-round pick of the Jazz in 2005 out of Dallas' Skyline High School and holds career averages of 4.0 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 120 games.

His statistics, however, don't tell the story of his potential, the reason Utah took a chance on him with the 34th overall pick and why Oklahoma City is looking to lure the unproven prospect with a lucrative offer.

Miles, who originally committed to Texas before turning pro, could develop into an all-around weapon if given the chance. He averaged 23.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists as a senior at Skyline High but has averaged just 10.5 minutes in the NBA.

"He's ready to be a rotation player this year, and maybe two years away or even the (2009-10) season could be contending for a starting spot,” said one Eastern Conference executive speaking on the condition of anonymity.

"I don't think (Oklahoma City) would have signed him without thinking he could play right now. At this point I don't think they're signing him for another year of development like he's basically done in Utah. I think they're signing him expecting him to be in the seven, eight, nine man rotation for sure.”

We'll find out today whether Utah keeps that from happening.



C.J. Miles has averaged 4.0 points and 1.3 rebounds in 120 games as a pro. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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