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.