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Celtics bring in Miles

Posted by Marc J. Spears, Globe Staff  August 22, 2008 12:22 PM

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The Celtics announced today that they have signed free agent forward Darius Miles to a non-guaranteed contract.

"He's coming to training camp and he's going to try to prove that he can make the team," said Celtics general manager Danny Ainge. "He has come in for a couple of workouts. He'll try to make the team somehow."

Miles, a 6 foot 9 inch, 235-pound forward out of East St. Louis High School, has career averages of 10.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.15 blocks in 412 career games. He was originally drafted with the third overall pick in the 2000 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers.

Miles said he is excited for the opportunity to play with the defending champions.

“I’ve watched the Boston Celtics play a lot last year and loved what I saw in their teamwork and chemistry on the court and it’s the team that I want to try to resume my career with.” Miles said in a press release. “I am excited about having an opportunity to play on a team that I feel my personality fits with and a team that can have great success on the court.”

Miles last played for the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2005-06 season when he averaged a career high 14.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in 40 games. Miles missed all of the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons due to microfracture surgery on his right knee. Jason Kidd, Anfernee Hardaway, and Amare Stoudemire are players who have undergone similar procedures.

Ainge feels confident that Miles is completely healthy.

"He's healthy. He has a great attitude. He's ready to resume his career," said Ainge.

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