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Mavs Work Out Miles

Apparently, everybody's favorite head-pounding former Jailblazer has suitors outside of Boston.

As reported by's Ian Thomsen:

[Darius] Miles had just arrived in Las Vegas on Monday to audition for the Mavericks at a private workout the following morning. By all accounts, it went well.

"He was much better than I thought he would be,'' a member of the Mavericks' camp said. "On a scale of 1 to 10, I was expecting him to be 6. But he was a good, solid 8.''

In recent weeks, Miles has had workouts -- ranging from two hours to less than 30 minutes -- with the Nets, Celtics, Suns and Mavericks, all of whom controlled the terms while asking Miles to compete against other players. For his part, the 26-year-old Miles is looking to join a postseason contender after having never made the playoffs during his six seasons on the court.

"I feel like I'm a starter in this league -- on a lot of teams I really should be a starter,'' he said. "But I would love to go to a playoff team to come off the bench.''

While it sounds like he is saying all the right things, label me a bit wary about Miles in Boston.  Having other possible landing spots sounds good.


Miles seems to want to make it clear to the league that he can clear both his reputation and his injury problems, and if he is sincere in that quest, it's certainly admirable.  But as this is a guy who has been a colossal disappointment and a character problem throughout his career, and this is an off-season that has currently featured the Celtics doing little more than signing a guy who looked over-matched in workouts, count me firmly in the camp of those who hope Miles gets his shot to turn his career around somewhere else.  A more stable solution would be a much nicer option in Beantown.

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