Another domino falls.
The Raptors have reportedly dealt Canadian guard Cory Joseph to the Indiana Pacers for one of the best available wing players on the market. As part of a sign-and-trade deal, Toronto will pick up CJ Miles, who will receive a three-year $25 million contract.
Toronto and Indiana are discussing sign-and-trade deal of free agent CJ Miles to the Raptors, league sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 9, 2017
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
The deal comes shortly after salary dump deal that resulted in DeMarre Carroll being traded to Brooklyn. The Joseph-Miles trade will likely take a bit of time to be completed, due to the Carroll-to-Brooklyn trade still awaiting finalization.
Miles very well could be the steal of free agency, as the 12-year veteran is one of the better shooting wings in the league. He should help spread the floor for the likes of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.
Miles shot a career-best 41% from three-point range, averaging 10.7 points per game during the 2016-17 campaign.
Not only is the 30-year-old a perfect offensive fit, he’s versatile defensively, slotting into a role that Carroll and PJ Tucker once fulfilled.
With size and terrific defensive instincts, Miles can guard opposing teams’ best players, and play the two, three, and four positions.
The deal also brings:
- An answer to the small forward position (temporarily, barring any trades)
- More playing time for Delon Wright and Norman Powell
- Taxpayer’s mid-level exception (approx. $5.2 million)
The dealing is not likely done, however, as the Raptors are still hovering right around the tax line and need to make another trade in order to upgrade the $5.2 million available, to around $8 million.
Joseph was acquired during the 2015 off-season — the Canadian averaged 8.9 points, 3.2 assists, and 2.8 rebounds per game in 160 games with the Raptors.