Six-year deal to be signed Wednesday

Updated: August 31, 2004, 7:02 PM ET
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The Portland Trail Blazers agreed to a six-year, $48 million contract with restricted free agent Darius Miles on Tuesday, sources tell ESPN Insider Chad Ford.

Darius Miles
Guard-Forward
Portland Trail Blazers
Profile
2003-2004 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
79 10.9 4.5 2.1 .485 .642

The Blazers have scheduled a news conference to announce the deal Wednesday, when Miles is expected to sign the contract.

A 6-foot-9 forward, Miles was a breakout performer for the Blazers over the last two months of last season, averaging 12.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in 42 games after being acquired from Cleveland for guard Jeff McInnis and seldom-used center Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje. Moreover, Miles' production was going up as the season wound down, and he was a big part of the team's late playoff push.

Miles provided a boost to the Blazers both on the court and in the locker room, turning around his image in Cleveland as a player who had failed to reach his potential.

But Blazers' general manager John Nash had faith in Miles, a budding actor who had a role in the film "The Perfect Score."

"If he had gone to college, Darius would be a senior right now," Nash said. "Due to his youth he has an opportunity to continue to grow."

Miles felt that Portland's original offer sheet was too low, causing him to look elsewhere. However, Miles didn't find many suitors on the free agent market because of his restricted tag. Teams were reluctant to give him an offer sheet, fearing that the Blazers would match it.

Over the past few days, however, the Blazers increased their offer to Miles and he became more comfortable returning to Portland.

Miles was drafted by the Clippers with the third overall pick in the 2000 NBA draft out of East St. Louis High School in Illinois.

He made $4.1 million last season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.