Jodie Meeks is one of the more proven NBA players still available in free agency, so it’s no surprise that the Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards are all angling to sign him.
Last year, through 66 games with the Philadelphia 76ers, Meeks averaged eight points on 41 percent from the field in 25 minutes of action per game. He can kind of score in a variety of ways, but his calling card is his three-point shooting. Even though he only shot 37 percent from behind the arc last year, he shot 40 percent the season before that.
The hope would be, obviously, that he could return to that 2010-11 level.
As it stands, the Bucks and Wizards are currently rebuilding and simply looking for talented players to add to their arsenals. The Lakers, meanwhile, are championship contenders who are a three-point shooter away from having a really compete bench.
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Earlier this summer, they boasted the weakest reserves group in The Association; that all changed after they re-signed Devin Ebanks and Jordan Hill, and added Antawn Jamison.
The one thing L.A. still needs is a guy who can light it up from outside and, in theory, Meeks fits the bill. During a recent interview with Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld, the ex-Kentucky Wildcat acknowledged that the Lakers were at the top of his suitors list. Per the report:
“I’ve gotten interest from the Lakers, Bucks and Wizards,” Meeks told HOOPSWORLD. “There are five or six teams, but those three are at the forefront right now because I’ve been talking to them the most. I really like those teams and I like what they bring to the table. I’m looking forward to signing, whenever that may be.”
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Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Washington seem to be the frontrunners to land his services as of right now. In the coming days, Meeks will weigh his options and then make a decision.
What will this ultimately come down to? As usual—winning versus money.
The Lakers will not give Meeks anything more than the minimum, so if he’s looking to bring in the big bucks, he’ll probably go elsewhere. If he wants to come off the bench for a contending squad, though, he very well could end up in purple and gold next year.