Dead money and cap ballast

Originally Published: June 30, 2009
By Chris Sheridan |
Darius MilesNoah Graham/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe $9 million owed to Darius Miles limits what Portland can do in free agency this offseason.

It is unknown whether we've seen the last of Darius Miles, who recently made headlines for all the wrong reasons again -- getting arrested on a possession of marijuana charge while rollin' in a '96 Impala not far from the East St. Louis neighborhood where he grew up.

If Miles is convicted, he will undoubtedly face another suspension should he resume his NBA career, following his 10-game suspension of last season.