First and foremost, is the news that Darius Miles played his 10th game of the season (currently with the Grizzlies) and this has a huge negative impact for the Nuggets division rival Portland Trail Blazers over the next two seasons.
The short version is that, according to NBA rules, if Darius Miles played in 10 games this season, he would count against Portland’s salary cap, after they had declared him medically unable to play at the end of the 2007-2008 season. That would put his remaining $18 million dollars in salary back on Portland’s payroll for the next two years and put them over the salary cap for this season. It would also handcuff them in signing a top-level free agent this coming offseason. What many didn’t realize is that the 6 preseason games he played for Boston counted against the 10, making that total much more obtainable after he signed a 10-day contract with the Grizzlies.
Â The BlazersÂ twice Â tried to block Darius Mile’s comeback to the NBA, which is where the “karma” part comes in.
First, the tried to claim Miles off of the waivers wire they had put him on, in an effort to stash him away from other teams that might play him. When the NBA denied that, they then sent an email to all other NBA teams threatening a lawsuit of another team signed and played Miles. That effort didn’t scare off Memphis, who was in need of some help. As a sidenote, Miles played quite well in the games in the last couple of games, shrugging off the distractions coming out of Portland.
For Nuggets fans, all of this means that a division rival, and up and coming young team, was dealt an offcourt blow that will slow down their attempt to rise up the ranks of the Western Conference. Their future is still bright, but they might want to work on improving their damaged reputation and karma for future free agency periods. After Darius Miles comes off their books, that is.
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