Pacers deal with Miles official

The Sports NetworkJuly 11, 2014 

Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Indiana Pacers made it official on Friday, announcing the signing of shooting guard C.J. Miles.

Terms of the deal were not released, but according to previous reports from the Indianapolis Star, it's a four-year, $18-million contract.

Miles is a nine-year veteran who has spent the last two seasons with Cleveland, averaging 10.6 points and shooting 38.8 percent from 3-point range during his time with the Cavaliers.

"We're very glad to have C.J. and he really wanted to be here," said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. "He brings versatility to the small forward and shooting guard positions. He's a great shooter and scorer. We think he'll fit nicely with the culture of our team."

The 27-year-old, who spent his first seven seasons with the Utah Jazz, owns career averages of 8.9 points and 2.2 rebounds over 505 career games.

Indiana also announced the signing of European forward Damjan Rudez and the re-signing of Lavoy Allen.

Allen, a forward out of Temple, was initially acquired via trade on Feb. 20, 2014 from the Philadelphia 76ers. A second-round pick (50th overall) in the 2011 NBA Draft, he played two and a half seasons with the 76ers before being traded to the Pacers. Allen has career averages of 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game; and in 14 games with the Pacers he averaged 2.9 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.

"We're very happy to have Lavoy back," said Bird. "When he had the opportunity to play, he played well. He fits in with what we're trying to accomplish here and every day he's committed to getting better."

Rudez's deal is reported to be a three-year contract. The 6-foot-10 Croatian shot 3-pointers at a clip of better than 44 percent playing for CAI Zaragoza in Spain this past season.

"Damjan is one of the best shooters in Europe," said Bird. "With his size and knowledge, he can play two positions for us. He has experience, maturity and really knows how to play. He had a number of options, he chose us and we're thrilled he did. We look forward to having him in a Pacer uniform."

Prior to his time in Spain, he played with Cibona Zagreb in Croatia, Cedevita Zagreb in Croatia, Union Olimpija in Slovenia, KK Split in Croatia, BC Oostende in Belgium and KK Zrinjevac in Croatia. He is currently a member of the Croatian National Team.

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