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Jodie Meeks
Jodie Meeks
Position: G
Born: 08/21/87
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:207 lbs. / 94.3 kg.
Salary: $6,270,000
Having another versatile perimeter player in Meeks gives Van Gundy that much more flexibility to move from one type of lineup to another in a league that increasingly requires a spectrum of options. And Meeks gives the Pistons something the offense desperately needed: another ballhandler with the ability to create. “It’ll take us some time to build a package for him, but we’ve been saying he’s a guy that we can run offense through,” Van Gundy said. “He gives us a chance to make some plays. He reads defenses really well.”
And Meeks also revealed the possibility that the Lakers could become part of his future again. “You have to go with the best opportunity for yourself,” Meeks said. “Who knows what would’ve happened if I had waited two or three more weeks. But everybody was caught in limbo with LeBron so there were no moves to be made. I feel like I made the best decision for myself. Anything is possible. Three or four years, I could be back. Maybe not.”
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He signed with the Detroit Pistons to a three-year deal worth $19 million that did not include any team or player options. That marked nearly a $5 million per raise from the $1.55 million Meeks made last season with the Lakers, something they would neither offer nor match while pursuing high caliber superstars in LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. “I was getting some interest with the Lakers, but obviously they were waiting on Carmelo and LeBron,” Meeks said in an interview with L.A. Newspaper Group. “Who knows what would’ve happened had I waited, but I feel like this is the best place for me.”
With shooting guards Jodie Meeks and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope both injured, the jumbo alignment is one hybrid method for addressing a short-handed perimeter. “As it works out, having Josh take some of the minutes on the perimeter probably helps us a little bit this week,” Van Gundy said. “We’ll see what happens. We’ve had exactly one day of practice with that lineup, so I’m sure that will be smooth.”
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The Detroit Pistons announced today that guard Jodie Meeks will be out of the line-up for approximately eight weeks due to a stress reaction of the lower back. The injury was discovered following a CAT scan conducted on Monday, October 13 by team medical personnel. Meeks was originally diagnosed with back spasms on October 9 and underwent additional testing as discomfort continued to exist. Meeks’ activity levels will be modified while the injury heals. He will be re-evaluated on a regular basis and his status will be updated at the end of the eight-week period. Team doctors anticipate a full recovery with rest and rehabilitation.
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Meeks is expected to compete with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for the starting shooting guard spot. Meeks expanded his game a year ago, becoming more than just a spot-up shooter in L.A. He has improved his ballhandling skills and ability to get to the basket. With Drummond clogging the middle, Meeks is expected to help the logjam by creating offense with his 3-point shooting, And the Olympics could be in his future. “(Being on the Olympic team in 2016) would be an honor and a dream come true,” Meeks said. “I know it’s a long way down the line, and we still have a full season ahead, but anytime you have a chance to play for your country, it’s an honor.”
Butler took 4.4 3-point shots in 25 minutes a game last season and made 39.4 percent of them, joining Augustin and shooting guards Jodie Meeks and Cartier Martin as free-agent signees who figure to transform the Pistons’ 3-point shooting threat from meek to potent. “He has a competitive nature to him that drives him at this point,” Pistons general manager Jeff Bower said. “He’s been on good teams. He’s seen and experienced what they’re all about. He sees this as an opportunity to compete, to play a role of significance within a team that has the potential to grow and to create change.”
New Detroit Pistons shooting guard Jodie Meeks was asked about his favorite Kobe Bryant moment. He didn’t need much time. It was his first day of training camp as a Los Angeles Laker. “Practice was at 11, we had to be there at 10. Well, I wanted to get there at 10,” Meeks said. “He was already there fully dressed and sweating. I got to the locker room at 9:30, got on the court at 10, and he had been there an hour and a half working on stuff. “I was like, ‘Man, it is true.’ This guy is working like this and at the time he was 34 years old. He felt like he still had a lot to prove, and he was still trying to prove people wrong. I was like, ‘Man, great player.’ ”
The Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Stan Van Gundy announced today that the club has signed free agent guard Jodie Meeks to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. “We’re pleased to welcome Jodie Meeks to the Pistons organization,” said Jeff Bower, General Manager for the Detroit Pistons. “Jodie’s approach to the game fits the style of basketball we want to play and his ability to shoot the ball from the outside is a skill that will help our team moving forward.”
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The Pistons, who entered the off-season with $13.5 million in salary-cap space, reached agreements with Lakers shooting guard Jodie Meeks and Hawks swingman Cartier Martin on Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the situation. Yahoo Sports was the first to break the news and added that Meeks’ deal is worth $19.5 million over three years. “Had a great time in L.A. and loved every moment,” Meeks said in a text to ESPNLosAngeles.com. “Looking forward to moving forward with my career in Detroit! Excited!”
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The Lakers are interested in Meeks, 26, a soon-to-be free agent who is paid $1.6 million in a league whose average salary is $5.5 million. He’s interested in them, too. “When I signed here two years ago, I told my family that I would love to be here the rest of my career,” Meeks said. “Learning from great players — Kobe [Bryant], Pau Gasol, and at the time, Dwight [Howard], Steve Nash. Obviously, I want to be here and it’s a great organization and I love playing here. “But on the flip side it’s a business. Both sides have to do what they do.”
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Now the question for Meeks is whether the Lakers will be the beneficiary of all that improvement moving forward, or if he’ll bring his shooting stroke and reliable outlook somewhere else when he becomes a free agent this summer. “Definitely, I want to stay, but it’s a business,” Meeks said. “So, both sides of the party, it will be interesting to see what happens. … I’ll just kind of play the waiting game.”
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Jodie Meeks scored 24 of his career-high 42 points in the second half, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat Oklahoma City 114-110 on Sunday despite a triple-double by Thunder star Kevin Durant. Pau Gasol added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the injury-ravaged Lakers, who had lost 29 of their previous 37 games. Meeks was 11 of 18 from the field and 14 for 14 at the line while becoming the third player to reach the 30-point mark this season for Los Angeles.
With the Lakers exercising Meeks’ $1.55 million team option early in the 2013 offseason, he also strongly stated his desire to stay here. “I like the city and love it here,” said Meeks, who has averaged a career-high 14.6 points on 45.4-percent shooting. “The coaching staff is great and it’s a storied organization. I always pictured playing in a organization that’s prideful about winning. I love it here and hope I can stay a long time.”
With Kobe Bryant’s left knee injury keeping him out of the upcoming NBA All-Star Game, there is still hope that the Los Angeles Lakers won’t be totally shut out of the festivities down in New Orleans. Jodie Meeks, a five-year veteran averaging career highs across the board, wants a chance to showcase his skills in the 3-point shootout on All-Star Saturday night. “It would be nice,” Meeks said. “It would be fun.”