Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  12 responses

Lakers Reportedly Interested in Signing CJ Miles

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, there’s mutual interest between the LA Lakers and unrestricted free agent forward CJ Miles: “The 6-foot-6, 222-pound Miles could make a decision during the next 2-3 days. If he signs with the Lakers, the source said, it’ll likely be a one- or two-year deal via Los Angeles’ mini mid-level exception. Miles, 25, has already met with Dallas and Cleveland since free agency started July 1. He averaged 8.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists for Utah from 2005-12, playing in 389 games (159 starts). Miles’ best season was in 2010-11, when he set career highs in average points (12.8), rebounds (3.3) and minutes (25.2). His production slipped last year, though, when he shot just 38.1 percent from the floor and failed to land a consistent spot in the Jazz’s rotation. After the season, Miles voiced complaints about coach Tyrone Corbin’s ability to communicate with the team. While Miles often struggled with consistency, he’s a highly athletic player many believe has yet to reach his ceiling. During the 2010-11 campaign, Miles hit at least three 3-pointers in 13 games, connected on 7 of 10 against Portland on November 20, 2010, and scored a career-high 40 points on 14-of-18 shooting against Minnesota on March 16, 2010. Miles’ defense also improved the past two seasons, and he’s shown the ability to lock down opponents when fully motivated. Miles dealt with a strained left calf at the end of the 2011-12 season, and didn’t play for Utah after April 8. He’s fully recovered, though, and is currently engaged in offseason workouts. The Jazz have been presented with sign-and-trade options for Miles, but none of the deals have thus far gained traction.”

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  • http://slamonline.com Polow da Jon

    At this point I wouldnt be surprised to hear “Lakers interested in signing DARIUS MILES.”

  • http://www.champs.com Reggie06

    I mean Raja Bell would give better defense but lakers know better

  • Dee

    Lakers could use him, especially for some scoring off the bench. He could be that final piece. They’re putting together a nice roster…much improved from last years.

  • miamigus23

    With C.J. Miles as the last piece the Lakers, to me, have become Western Conference contenders.

  • http://www.champs.com Reggie06

    Im not a big fan about this but i guess some speed will help us as well as he is way better than barnes

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Would be a solid pick up. Could shoot close to 40% from 3 if he is back to the player I remember a couple years ago.

  • T-Money

    is he a bum or not? i’m not sure. it seems like he had some talent when he came to the league but i’m not exactly sure what he’s good at.

  • Dee

    He’s not a headcase like Barnes, he can knock down the open shot as well as create one of his own. He had a really good year a couple of years as a member of the jazz…reminds of a J.R Smith but takes better shots. Signing him on a team like the Lakers, he’ll get open looks and have a really good chance of getting a ring.

  • LA Huey

    “With C.J. Miles as the last piece the Lakers, to me, have become Western Conference contenders.” LOL. I see CJ’s agent is in the house.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    C.J. would be a solid pickup for the mini-mid level exception. Probably not going to find someone better at that price.

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  • 12fgat34

    @LA Huey, i dont know whats so funny with that statement really. He’s a solid pickup. Obviously he’s no all-star but can he help the team? Yes. And hes much much better than barnes for sure. So having him would surely help the Lakers