Article Written by Adam Corsair (@ACorsair21)
In the article I wrote today examining the DeMarre Carroll trade, I finished it with this -
"I mean, this can't be it, right?
Turns out, the answer was, indeed, "right." To boot -
Sources: Toronto-Indiana deal is agreed in principle. Miles will sign a 3-year, approximately $25M deal with Raptors, with player option.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 9, 2017
So, the specifics - as I know them to be right now - are that CJ Miles has accepted a 3-year sign-and-trade deal that is worth $25 million. with a player option in year three In exchange, the Pacers will receive Cory Jospeh.
Miles, far from a dominant defensive presence, will fill in the role that the Raptors were hoping to have in Carroll. Also, this gives Toronto an uptick in three-point production, as Miles shot approximately 41% beyond the arch last season for the Pacers, which is slightly above his career average of 36%. Having a veteran in the lineup that can help balance out the Raptors on both sides of the ball is something that was much needed after the announcement of the Carroll trade.
Further, this opens the door for Delon Wright to step up as he will serve as Kyle Lowry's backup at point guard. Much like how we viewed Norman Powell to be the shooting guard/small forward of the future for the Raptors, Wright's was drafted to be the point guard for the next wave of Raptor players when the DeRozan/Lowry/Ibaka era ends. Also, it's hard to forget about how Fred VanVleet will take on a bigger role compared to last year, manning third-string duties behind Wright. In short, the Raptors will look for their younger stars to take a necessary step further.
Speaking of Powell, this will subsequently mean that he will be sharing minutes with Miles and his starting role may not be as set-in-stone as we thought when the Carroll news broke. However, the minutes between the two will more than likely be shared, and they will also be able to flip-flop with each other on the court seamlessly.
The deal won't be complete until the Carroll/Brooklyn deal is finalized, and is also contingent on the Wizards matching the Nets' offer-sheet for Otto Porter (they said that they will). So it may take time for this to become official. But, in principle, it is.
I'll be sure to update this post once the details are ironed out a bit more, but this will surely help ease the worries that came about after the Carroll trade. Although the future in terms of draft picks are still up in the air, it's a testament that Ujiri wasn't - and still isn't - done improving this team.
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