The six preseason games Darius Miles played for the Celtics in October count toward the 10 games Miles needs to play to receive $18 million — split evenly between this season and next season — from the Portland Trailblazers, Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski has learned. Miles played two regular season games for the Memphis Grizzlies this season before Memphis waived him on Tuesday night, bringing his total number of games played to eight.
What this means for the Blazers is that if a team picks up Miles for as little as a 10-day contract and plays him for two games, Portland is on the hook for that $18 million. That money would push Portland into the luxury tax, and would give teams who are under the tax an additional $250,000 of revenue sharing from Portland (The Celtics are already in the tax and would not qualify).
Adding to the intrigue of this story, Wojnarowski reports that Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard has known for some time that the six preseason games counted toward the 10-game total for Miles, but was keeping it a secret in hopes that other teams would not find out. With the cat out of the bag, however, it is likely that some team picks up Miles for a trial run, if for no other reason than to stick it to the up-and-coming Blazers.