Re-signing Lance Stephenson has proven a bit tricky, and perhaps the Pacers knew it would go down like that. Maybe that is why free agent C.J. Miles was in town last night to meet with Indiana´s top brass, via Candance Buckner of the Indy Star.
On Tuesday night, C.J. Miles, an unrestricted free agent, arrived in town for a dinner meeting with the Pacers that included team President Larry Bird, a league source told The Star.
Miles, a 6-6 wing, has spent nine seasons in the NBA and has averaged 8.9 points through his career. During the 2013-14 season, Miles played 51 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers while averaging 9.9 points and shooting a career-best 39 percent from the 3-point range. Though a severely sprained left ankle limited the 27-year-old Miles – he did not play in the final 14 games of the regular season – he has spent the offseason working out multiple times a day near his home in New York.
Yahoo´s Adrian Wojnarowski characterized the meeting as the Pacers ¨pushing¨ to sign the 27-year-old Miles.
It´s tough to read too much into the definition of a single word in a tweet, but it seems odd that Larry Bird would ¨push¨to do anything before locking up Lance Stephenson.
Then again, he needs to be preparing for a post-Stephenson future, particularly if he knows, as has been reported, that he is not going to throw all his financial resources at Lance.
After the meeting, Miles tweeted about sitting down with Bird.
“It was an unbelievable experience to sit down with one of the greatest players to ever play this game I love .. The legend himself #Blessed”