Free agent small forward C.J. Miles has narrowed his options down to a few teams, a league source told The Salt Lake Tribune on Tuesday, and one of the teams on his short list are the Los Angeles Lakers.
The 6-foot-6, 222-pound Miles is getting serious interest from the Lakers and could be making a decision in 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 the mid-level exception.
Miles, 25, has already met with Dallas and Cleveland.
He averaged 8.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists for Utah from 2005-12, playing in 389 games starting 159. 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 as he shot just 38.1 percent from the floor and failed to land a spot in the Jazz’s everyday rotation.
Miles is a highly athletic player and many believe he has yet to reach his ceiling. During the 2010-11 season, 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 has steadily improved the past two seasons and he would give the Lakers a big boost off the bench joining newly signed Antawn Jamison as the Lakers continue to bolster what was the worst bench in the league.