Wednesday , Jan , 21 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Cavs trade Miles to Portland

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday traded
forward Darius Miles to Portland. In exchange, the Trail Blazers sent point
guard Jeff McInnis and center Ruben Boumtje Boumtje to Cleveland.

Miles, 22, had spent the last two seasons in Cleveland after he played the
first two years of his career with the Los Angeles Clippers. During his four
campaigns in the NBA, Miles has averaged 9.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

The 6-9, 210-pound Miles has played in 37 games this year and has posted
totals of 8.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per outing.

Miles was chosen out of high school by Los Angeles with the third pick of the
2000 NBA Draft and was eventually traded to Cleveland in a deal that included
Andre Miller.

“Due to his youth he has an opportunity to continue to grow and develop as a
player,” said Blazers General Manager John Nash. “Darius brings a level of
excitement with his ability to run the floor and excel in transition. If he
had gone to college, Darius would be a senior right now. With the addition of
Darius and the two first round picks we have in the upcoming draft, the
franchise is establishing a core of young talent to build around.”

McInnis, a seven-year NBA veteran out of North Carolina, has spent the past
two seasons in Portland. Prior to that he had stints with Denver, Washington
and the Clippers.

The 29-year-old McInnis is averaging 11.9 points and 5.0 assists per game this
season. For his career, which spans 349 games, McInnis has scored 10.0 points
and handed out 4.3 assists per contest.

McInnis was first selected by the Nuggets in the second round (37th pick
overall) of the 1996 NBA Draft, before being waived on later that year.

Boumtje Boumtje had spent the first three years of his career with Portland
and has career totals of 1.0 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.