Lakers Rumors: C.J. Miles Headed to the Los Angeles Lakers?

This just in according to Brian T. Smith, an NBA reporter for The Salt Lake Tribune: 


UFA small forward C.J. Miles drawing serious interest from Los Angeles Lakers, league source tells @sltrib.

— Brian T. Smith (@tribjazz) July 31, 2012  

This was later tweeted and confirmed by RealGM:


C.J. Miles Could Sign With Lakers --

— RealGM (@RealGM) August 1, 2012  

Brian Smith also tweeted:


Miles' other options are strong, but Lakers have current edge.

— Brian T. Smith (@tribjazz) July 31, 2012  

He tweets furthermore:

C.J. Miles continues to explore free agent options and has narrowed decision to a few teams. Could sign in next 2-3 days.

— Brian T. Smith (@tribjazz) July 31, 2012  

C.J. Miles considering signing one or two-year deal with Lakers, source says, likely for mini mid-level.

— Brian T. Smith (@tribjazz) July 31, 2012  

There are several pros and cons to this potential signing based on the Lakers' current roster.

C.J. Miles, a combo guard/forward, would fill the void Matt Barnes has left behind. After Metta World Peace, the Lakers do not have a reliable player who can back up the small forward position.

Last year, Barnes provided the Lakers with hustle play and off-ball movement, but was ineffective beyond those roles. He was a shaky perimeter shooter and became a defensive liability as the season wore on.

C.J. Miles lacks the perimeter shot the Lakers desperately need, as evidence by his career 41% field goal and 32% three-point percentages.

Unfortunately for the Lakers, his shooting numbers have not improved throughout the course of his career, they have actually worsened. Last season he shot a dismal 38 percent fro...

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