I am sure many of you have heard by now that yesterday the Blazers president Larry Miller issued a memo to the other presidents in the league stating that if anyone signed Darius Miles just to screw up our cap, we would prosecute them to the fullest extent. So what does this mean? How is to be interpreted by Blazer fans? By the rest of the league? Well I am going to give this humble, yet strikingly profound, man’s opinion on the situation.
If you reflect on every move and action the Blazers have made since naming Kevin Pritchard as general manager, nothing is rash or un-calculated. All the moves that have been made are pieces that belong to the final puzzle of assembling a championship team. So it is hard for me to believe that this letter, which seems very brash, is one step in a bigger plan. What is the bigger plan you ask? Well, what I see it as potentially being, is a move that is going to have future ramifications. So even though it might not discourage any team from signing Darius (and if it does, bonus), it is documented proof that a team could possibly sign Miles just to mess with the Blazers cap. So say 2 months from now Miles does get signed to a 10 day contract by a division, or salary cap rival, and plays his 2 games and is cut. Now the Blazers have at least somewhat of an argument against that team, and hopefully revoke Miles salary coming back onto our payroll. Granted this is a longshot, but say it doesn’t work, we aren’t any worse off then if we would have not sent the memo and Darius played 2 games. So isn’t it worth a shot?
I remember last year when KP was asked about Darius and the possibility of him coming back on our books and he briefly mentioned that we would take legal action if need be. So this is not a new concept for the Blazer’s brass. This leads me to believe that they have planned out this scenario and are going to do everything in their power to prevent that salary back on our cap.
There is a meeting scheduled between the NBA and the players union today and according to ESPN, the Darius Miles topic has been added to the slate. So don’t be surprised if a statement is released today from the NBA regarding the situation.
I thought this response from Cavs Owner, Dan Gilbert was interesting...
What do you guys think? Was this a brash move that you wish the Blazer’s would not have made? Do agree with it? Have you been taken aback by the bold move? Do you think it helps or hurts the Blazers? Why? I want to hear what you guys think!