â†µâ‡¥So determined to salvage the salary cap space that would come with the foiling of Miles' comeback from a devastating knee injury, Portland president Larry Miller and general manager Kevin Pritchard apparently were willing to stash Miles on the sideline and keep him away from other NBA teams. â†µâ‡¥â†µAll that makes perfect sense to me, but I can see why Portland would be pissed. No matter how much Pritchard may have brought it on himself (or been allowed to by other teams), anyone looking to sign Miles is out primarily to screw Portland ... through manipulation of salary cap rules. That's not the same as "circumventing" them, but in the same way that it would have been against the rules for the Blazers to nab Miles, another team doing so would hardly be pure in its intentions. If Miles really had a place in this league, he wouldn't get cut every third day. â†µ
â†µâ‡¥In denying the Blazers' move to control Miles, NBA front-office sources say that league executives in New York denied the waiver claim because they believed the Blazers were merely trying to circumvent league salary cap rules. â†µ
â†µWhich raises another question that hasn't been discussed much: Why is Miles' injury being described like Shaun Livingston's, when in fact it's the same as Amare Stoudemire's -- or one-half of Kenyon Martin's? That might be where all this bad feelings started here. We shouldn't expect Miles to be broke down and incapable of playing 10 games, unless his conditioning is that awful. If that's the foundation of the Blazers' master plan here, you can understand why there would be a lot of raised hackles right about now.â†µ
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