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Wizards have options to replace CJ Miles, but incentive to get him back soon

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Scott Brooks' pregame meeting with reporters ahead of Wednesday's match-up between the Wizards and Suns brought a piece of surprising news that soon after became even worse. 

First, we learned veteran C.J. Miles would miss Wednesday's game. Then, Brooks revealed he would miss at least the rest of the road trip.

Tune in note: The Wizards play the Suns Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington Plus.

The team announced Miles has a "left wrist ligament injury." That is, of course, his shooting hand and Miles' best attribute is his outside shot.

Whether this will turn into an extended absence is not known, but the Wizards will have to get through at least three games without their primary backup small forward. Unfortunately for them, they were already having issues at that position with starter Troy Brown Jr. and Miles batting inconsistency so far this season.

Through 10 games, Miles is averaging only 6.4 points while shooting 32.2 percent from the field and 31.4 percent from three. He has only played 16.1 minutes per game. 

That's not a ton of court time to replace, but with him out the Wizards will have to rely more on Brown. Jordan McRae, their back-up shooting guard, will also likely see more time on the wing. And it could open the door for Isaac Bonga, who started the first seven games of the season but has since fallen out of the rotation.

If Miles is out beyond this road trip, the Wizards could call up 2019 second round pick Admiral Schofield from the G-League. They could also play some big lineups with Rui Hachimura at the three or even Davis Bertans.

 

Since Miles hasn't been producing, his absence won't be felt much by the Wizards. But they have plenty of incentive to get him back and playing well.

Not only could he help them in the short-term, but he could be a perfect trade candidate come the deadline in February as an experienced veteran with a long track record of being a three-point threat.

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