Miles looking to stick around
Oklahoma City • Major change and more than a little turmoil has not broken C.J. Miles' attachment to the Jazz.
The sixth-year small forward said Wednesday that he still hopes Utah picks up a $3.7 million team option after the 2010-11 season is complete. Moreover, Miles would be willing to sign a multiyear extension with the Jazz if the organization offers one.
"Hopefully I'm here for a long time," said Miles, prior to Utah's 106-94 defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
"Obviously, everybody would like an extension. If they just want to give me one [year], if they want to give me more, I'll gladly take it. But at the same time, I'll gladly take them just extending me for the next year to be able to just keep playing basketball that's what it's all about. I'm just happy to be here, man."
The 24-year-old Miles is enjoying a career year, and entered the game against Oklahoma City averaging personal highs in points (13), minutes (24.6), rebounds (3.3), blocks (0.5) and steals (1).
He will likely set a new record in games played, as well. Miles recorded his 69th contest versus the Thunder, which is just three away from a high of 72 that he recorded in 2008-09.
The straight-out-of-high-school player also earned his fifth consecutive start and 10th of the season.
Utah forward Andrei Kirilenko left the game against Oklahoma City late during the second quarter due to a bruised peroneal nerve in his left knee. X-rays were negative, but he did not return to the contest.
His status for a home game Thursday against New Orleans was not updated by deadline.
Jazz guard Devin Harris was inactive versus the Thunder due to a strained right hamstring. He re-injured the hamstring Monday during a loss to Memphis, playing just three minutes. Harris first tweaked it March 14 against Philadelphia.
Utah forward Derrick Favors (sprained left ankle) initially planned to take the court against Oklahoma City but was held out of action, dressing but not being listed as active.
Jazz center Al Jefferson dislocated his right pinkie finger Sunday during a road game against Houston while grabbing a rebound. He played through the injury versus Memphis and Oklahoma City, scoring a game-high 32 points versus the Thunder.