C.J. Miles arrived in Utah as a skinny, fuzzy-faced 18-year-old who had just graduated from Skyline High School in Dallas.
Nearly 500 preseason, regular-season and playoff games later, Miles returns to EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday night, when Cleveland plays the Jazz.
"It's a little bit weird," Miles said. "... [But] as a competitor, I want to go out and win a basketball game. That's my job. That's what I do."
Miles' stay with the Jazz ended after last season, when he averaged 9.1 points but shot only 38 percent from the field.
Overloaded with wing players, Utah did not attempt to re-sign Miles, who talked to a handful of teams before ending up in Cleveland.
"I wanted to be part of that youth movement they have going," Miles, 25, said. "... I thought I could bring a little bit of 'veteranism,' even though I'm still young enough to be part of the youth movement."
So far this season, Miles averages 11.2 points. He shoots 38.3 percent from the 3-point line, which is within a fraction of his career high.
Miles has also made 12 starts for coach Byron Scott — only two less than last season with the Jazz.
"I had kind of a rough start," Miles said. "But then I found myself. I got adjusted, and now I'm very comfortable playing with the guys. ... Ever since that rough start, I've been fine."
C.J. Miles returns to Utah as veteran among young Cavs
Salt Lake Tribune | Jan 19