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The Memphis Grizzlies don’t appear to be scared of Blazers management, as they have now signed former Celtics forward Darius Miles to a 10-day contract. If Miles plays two more games, the Blazers will be forced to pay $9 million in each of the next two years and will lose an incredible amount of salary cap space.
Miles is still attempting a comeback from major knee surgery. Earlier Friday, it had been widely reported that the Blazers were threatening legal action against any team who would play Miles just to hurt Portland’s financial situation.
Portland team president Larry Miller backed off a bit in a conference call late Friday:
“Our purpose here was not in any way to keep Darius from being able to play,” Miller said. “If he can come back and help a team to win and play at a level on the court that helps the team, we have no problem with that at all.”