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Thanks, but no thanks, C.J.

The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting Utah Jazz free-agent guard C.J. Miles is considering signing a one or two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

As a Lakers fan I cannot reciprocate the interest in C.J. Miles. The limited skills he brings to the table would do little to bolster a weak Lakers second unit that is in desperate need of some offensive firepower.

C.J. Miles' Underwhelming Stats

When evaluating C.J. Miles' statistics it is not fair to look at his career averages. Miles entered the league as an 18-year-old rookie and understandably saw limited action in 2006-2008.

But in 2009 C.J. Miles broke into the Jazz rotation and started 133 of 269 games between 2009-2012. Here is how Miles performed during those four years as a regular in Utah:

C.J. Miles' Average Stats - 2009-2012

23.2 MPG, 10.4 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.8 SPG, 42% FG, 33% 3PT

Is there anything impressive in that stat line to you?

Me neither.

The Lakers desperately need scoring from the reserve guards. Veteran Steve Blake has been underwhelming in L.A. Young guys like Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock are still developing.

C.J. Miles is not a scorer. His field goal percentage from 2009-2012 at 42% is not terrible, but it's not good, either. Same goes for his 3-point shooting percentage of 33%.

If I could sum up C.J. Miles offensive game with one word it would be, "Blah." (While "Blah" is not the most professional term, it is the most accurate. Seriously. Try to do better yourself if you want to.)

Additionally, C.J. Miles is actually regressing as a shooter with his FG% declining in each of the last five years. Since 2008 his FG% has gone as follows on a year-to-year basis: 48%, 46%, 43%, 41%, to just 38% in 2012.

The lack of Miles' offensive production could be more forgivable if he was solid in other aspects of his game, but his rebounds, assists, and steals are pedestrian as well.

The Lakers Already Have "Young and Athletic"

The two seemingly redeeming qualities C.J. Miles brings to the table are "youth" and "athleticism" with his defense, neither of which appears in a box score.

But the Lakers are already investing in young, athletic perimeter players like Darius Morris, Andrew Goudelock, and Christian Eyenga. All of these guys are a couple of years younger than the 25-year-old Miles.

Plus, the ceilings for Morris, Goudelock, and Eyenga are still being explored. They each have their shortcomings, but they should only improve from here.

C.J. Miles, on the other hand, has been in the league for seven years and his ceiling is already well known: limited offense, few rebounds, little assists, but an athletic perimeter defender.

What C.J. Miles brings to the table is not what the Lakers need.

So thanks, C.J. But no thanks.

Andrew Sweat is a die-hard Lakers fan. For more from this author, visit Andrew's archive or check these out articles:

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