|C.J. Miles could have a new team very soon. (Getty Images)|
Only a few moderately significant free agents remain on the market, with one of those being shooting guard C.J. Miles.
He's drawing a good amount of interest from a number of teams, including the Jazz, who want to keep him.
Unrestricted 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 the longtime Jazzman is drawing serious interest from the Los Angeles Lakers.
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.
Let me go ahead and answer what you're thinking: The Lakers are thin at shooting guard behind Kobe Bryant. They have second-year player Andrew Goudelock and Christian Eyenga. And as Kobe gets older, having him a solid backup would be a smart luxury. Less of a load on Kobe, and with Miles, a big wing defender that could play minutes at small forward too.
Miles though is likely looking for more than a mini mid-level deal. A mini mid-level is only about $3 million a year. And while Miles' stock has dropped some over the past season, he's just 25 and probably wants a longer deal.
But then again, there's a certain draw to the Lakers.
Miles averaged 9.8 points per game last season but on just 38.1 percent shooting and 30.7 percent from 3.