While it looks as if the Atlanta Hawks will be adding assets to the fold through a three-team trade with the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers, the rest of the roster building process has been fairly quiet in recent hours. However, a report surfaced on Independence Day that the Hawks have interest in veteran swingman C.J. Miles.
Miles hits the free agent market at the age of 30 and he serves as a functional role player on the wing. That, in the current landscape of the NBA, is exceedingly valuable, especially in that Miles is a career 36.1 percent three-point shooter that connected on 41.3 percent of his long-range attempts last season.
With that on the table, Miles isn’t an obvious fit for the Hawks in what looks to be a rebuilding effort. There is always room for more competent wings on reasonable contracts but, aside from that, Atlanta’s one place of (relative) depth is on the wing and Miles is likely a player better positioned to help a competitive team than to grow with a young squad.
There is certainly a financial point in which it would make sense for the Hawks to add C.J. Miles, even if just as a future trade asset. It does seem unlikely, though, that another team wouldn’t be able exceed that monetary level in order to attain him for the next few seasons.