Why NBA teams should trade players who might leave in free agency

On the latest episode of "Strictly Hoops," C.J. Miles discusses the business side of trading players in contract years. Full episode can be found on the 'Raptors Over Everything' podcast feed.

Video Transcript

AMIT MANN: --and keep them for the season. They walk in free agency. That kind of thing.

CJ MILES: I mean, it's business, right? So you got to look at it--

AMIT MANN: Yeah, it's business.

CJ MILES: --like I got a valuable-- a valuable asset. Like not to call a person a asset, but that's the way we got to look at it. It's like I don't mean to be disrespectful. But like--

AMIT MANN: I got you.

CJ MILES: --I'm looking at it from business-wise. And I got a player who's valuable on the market. And I'm looking at the percentages of him leaving at 75%, 80%, why wouldn't I go get a couple of draft picks and a player-- serviceable player? You know what I mean?

AMIT MANN: It's just business.

CJ MILES: It's like, why wouldn't I for my job sake? Because I am hired to do a job just like he is. Like we both got to do a job. And that's the thing people kind of get personal with. Like we talked about being in a relationship with the front office. Some guys just don't want to be. Because they don't ever have to get to that point--


CJ MILES: --of me feeling certain ways when I'm-- at the end of the day, I know you got to do it. Even if you like me, you can't not do your job, because you like me. That ain't how this work. I can't give you-- I can't give you two steaks, as a waiter, because I think you look good. Like I can't do that. Like I'm going to get-- like something's going to happen.


AMIT MANN: Steak and mashed potatoes is what I'm looking for personally. Two steaks is a lot of meat for one person.


Can a coach regain the locker room after he's lost it, or is it usually too late? That's from @getFredafloater. Come on, man.

CJ MILES: I don't-- I don't know. I don't know. I don't really have a definite answer for that. That's tough. Because like usually if it gets to a point where a coach loses a locker room, I think it's like way gone already. You know what I mean?


CJ MILES: That's something that's not coming back from. Like if they're not-- if they over it with the coach, like they definitely not coming back.


CJ MILES: Like that's not even-- I don't even know how to say if he gets it back or not. Because if they lose it, then it don't-- it don't come--

AMIT MANN: Yeah, I'm not going-- never mind.


AMIT MANN: There was a joke that I'm not going to say it. Forget it.