The Blazers vs. DMiles saga has suddenly turned from merely annoying and boring, to downright insane. Portland has issued a stern warning to the rest of the League, should they sign the lanky forward whose contract could wreak havoc on their salary cap.
Here’s the letter in its entirety, via Sports Illustrated:
“Team Presidents and General Managers,”
“The Portland Trail Blazers are aware that certain teams may be contemplating signing Darius Miles to a contract for the purpose of adversely impacting the Portland Trail Blazers Salary Cap and tax positions. Such conduct from a team would violate its fiduciary duty as an NBA joint venturer. In addition, persons or entities involved in such conduct may be individually liable to the Portland Trail Blazers for tortuously interfering with the Portland Trail Blazers’ contract rights and perspective economic opportunities.
“Please be aware that if a team engages in such conduct, the Portland Trail Blazers will take all necessary steps to safeguard its rights, including, without limitation, litigation.”
Adding to the madness, it was recently revealed that Miles really only needs to play in a couple more of games (instead of eight, as previously thought) to screw the Blazers financially.
Of course, now there’s talk that Miles might respond by suing Portland for trying to limit his right to work. I hope he does, and absolutely takes them to the cleaners.