Monday, August 14, 2006

A New Approach to The Darius Situation

As of right now, Darius Miles has absolutely no trade value. Say what you want about the Knicks, but if there was a deal to be made it would have been made already. If we do end up trading him before the start of the season, it will most likely be for garbage with a bad contract. Everyone knows Darius no longer fits into this team's long term plans, and that if the franchise could move him they would. That being said, I think there is another solution to this problem.

We keep Darius.

Of course, it would only be temporary. What the Blazers need to do is sit Darius down and explain to him very bluntly that he has killed his image and thus, no takers for him can be found. Then, the two sides need to make a deal much like they did with Ruben Patterson last year. If they give Darius his 25 minutes a game to showcase himself, and if he keeps his mouth shut and stays out of trouble, then the franchise will do everything in their power to work a trade. If Darius violates his side of the agreement, he needs to be suspended indefinitely and sent home, a la Tim Thomas in Chicago, so that any negative influence on the team is avoided. Unfortunately, this would probably force our hand and require us to make a trade for a bad contract or work on a buy-out, but I think we need to give Darius this chance.

Why, you ask?

It's simple. If we give Darius his minutes, and he plays his heart out because he knows that if he does he can get into a more favorable situation, then his trade value will go up, possibly way up. He needs to flash his tantilizing potential once more, so that some established, veteran-laden team is willing to take the chance that no teams are willing to take right now. If that happens, then the potential that we can get something of value in return for Miles. This would also make a package of Miles and Maglorie, or Miles and Raef much more attractive.

It's our only hope.

5 Comments:

At 11:11 PM, Anonymous Rob said...

Miles and Raef? That's $20M worth of contracts, I can't imagine anyone making that deal.

 
At 10:41 AM, Blogger Sean said...

A team in playoff contention searching for the last missing pieces sometimes can be talked into doing such things...and there's always Isiah.

 
At 1:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Miles is too stupid to understand the mechanics of his situation. I believe that even if we sat down with him and painstakingly reviewed every inch of this predicament he would still never completely comprehend what is going on. When it comes to NBA politics Darius has no ability to recognize who should be pleased and who he can publicly "walk over." The modern NBA game requires more than just skill with the ball, it requires a certain diplomatic mind along with a pure heart. Darius Miles lacks these talents, perhaps more than any other player in the league. That is the true reason why no one will trade for him.
-Zach Z.

 
At 3:43 PM, Blogger Ryne said...

i agree...it worked with rube it might work with darius

 
At 5:34 PM, Blogger Sean said...

well said Zach...you have a very legit point

 

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