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C.J. Miles officially joined the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday and recalled a conversation with former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown.
Miles, most recently of the Indiana Pacers, spoke with Brown when Miles was a member of the Cavs. It centered on Miles extending his range as he moved along in his career.
“One day we sat down and he said for as well as you can shoot it, I feel like you don’t shoot enough and that’s from a 3-point standpoint,” Miles told reporters in Toronto. “That’s from the game and even the way you work on your game. You’re always in the gym but I don’t see you really honing in and working on that with it being such a weapon that you have. I accepted that challenge and I’ve taken pride in it over time and I’ve been able to use to my advantage, obviously, and my team’s advantage.”
Miles, 30, is a 6-foot-6 swingman and is considered one of the league’s ultimate complementary pieces. He buried a career-high 41 percent of his threes last season.
After spending a few years alongside Paul George, he’ll now get the opportunity to play off the likes of Raptors stars Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.
It could work out well for the Raptors, who will need some punch after parting with DeMarre Carroll, shipped to the Brooklyn Nets, and Cory Joseph, a backup point guard and scoring threat who was moved to the Pacers.
Here’s more out of Toronto:
- Undrafted center/forward and NCAA champion Kennedy Meeks signed with the Raptors on Tuesday. According to The Vertical, Meeks’ deal is partially guaranteed. He averaged 12.3 points and 9.4 rebounds as a senior at North Carolina last season.
- Following his trade to the Nets, Carroll told the Toronto Sun he “felt like a lot of guys didn’t trust each other,” during his final season in Toronto. “I wasn’t happy, my agent, we thought the style of ball was going to be different, it was going to be more team-oriented, but I guess it was still ISO (isolation), so I thought they would have moved me last year, but that didn’t happen,” he said.
- Summer-league guard Malcolm Miller is expected to miss 12 weeks following ankle surgery. Miller will go down in history as the first two-way player signed by the Raptors. He is expected to spend most of his time with the team’s G-League affiliate.