The Grizzlies Sign Darius Miles


D Miles is back in the game baby! In a move that had to suck for the Portland Trailblazers, the Grizz decided to give him a shot to see if he could give them some depth at the 3 and 4 spots. He hasn’t “officially” played in the NBA since April 15, 2006 although he did play during the pre-season this year with the Boston Celtics. His first game action with Memphis won’t come until January 4th due to him having to serve a 10 game suspension because of testing positive for a weight loss supplement that’s banned by the league. The Grizzlies have until January 7th to decide whether or not to guarantee his contract for the remainder of the season.

This is certainly not about the money because financially he’s straight. He’s already guaranteed to receive $18 million over the next two years from his contract with the Blazers. The problem for Portland is that money doesn’t count against their cap because he was declared as having a career ending injury. If the Grizzlies do keep him for the remainder of the year and he plays in 10 games that money gets charged back to the Blazers cap number, significantly reducing their cap space.

So that being the said, this just shows how hungry he is to get back in the game and prove all the naysayers wrong. He’s only 27 years old and has already seen both sides of the coin in his career. He went from being a HS All-American and a “can’t miss” prospect in the league with one of the highest selling jerseys, to being considered a bust, a thug and a team cancer. Now he’s trying to be the first player in NBA history to come back after officially being declared as having a career ending injury. Good luck D. Miles…the Chi is pulling for you!


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