HoopsHype Jodie Meeks rumors

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And for the record, Meeks, who entered the league without a guaranteed contract as a former second-round pick by Milwaukee, has no interest in rehashing his friend Dwight Howard's decision to go to Houston. "I don’t really get surprised with anything that happens anymore in the NBA just because it’s a business," Meeks said. "Obviously you get shook sometimes, but I just try to sit back and watch and try to survive as long as I possibly can." Thriving in Lakers training camp from Day 1 will do wonders for his survival. "I think it’s more mental," Meeks said. "Telling myself that it’s a really big opportunity for myself to show what I can do. Regardless of what the situation is, I’m going into this last month, month and a half of summer training thinking I’m going to be playing major minutes or possibly starting. If that doesn’t happen, then it just doesn’t happen, but I think that’s mentally what I have to think about." ESPN.com

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Here is the Lakers' plan if Dwight leaves: Keep Pau for final year of his deal. Use amnesty provision to cut Metta and save $30 million in luxury-tax payments. Re-sign Earl Clark if reasonable, sign someone else on the cheap and/or plug in Meeks or Blake to the starting lineup that will have two vacancies without Dwight and Metta but still Pau. Jordan Hill is the only other frontcourt player under contract right now. Sulia

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Jodie Meeks has been a critical role player for the Los Angeles Lakers this season, spacing the floor and providing versatility and durability at the wing position. In Meeks’ mind, he views the Lakers as a long-term fit and believes there’s a solid chance he’ll stay through at least next season’s team option in his contract. “Yeah, I think so,” Meeks told RealGM when asked if he believes he will be part of the Lakers beyond this season. “You can’t really worry about that right now, just finish out this year. I’ll do that and see whatever happens.” RealGM

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Shooting guard Jodie Meeks was the Philadelphia 76ers’ leading three-point shooter over the past two seasons with 1.7 made three-pointers per game, but this summer he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent. While the 25-year-old Meeks has picked things up pretty much where he left off last season, the big difference has been he was a starter in Philadelphia and now comes off the bench in L.A. At least that was the case until recently when head coach Mike D’Antoni cut his minutes, including a couple of games where he didn’t play at all. “It’s frustrating, but there is really nothing I can do about it,” Meeks said. “I just try to stay positive and when my opportunity comes again, just be ready. The coach said I wasn’t really doing anything wrong and just stay positive. He is going with the guys he is playing right now, but it could change at any minute, so I have to be ready.” HoopsWorld

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Meeks spent almost three seasons in Philadelphia and started 114 games before the 76ers allowed him to walk as a free agent last summer. Meeks wanted to stay in Philadelphia, but he knew that the Sixers wanted to free up more playing time for Evan Turner, the second overall pick in the 2010 draft. No hard feelings. "No, not at all," said Meeks, who signed a two-year, $3 million deal to be a backup with the Lakers. "I liked everything about Philadelphia. It was a good organization. I liked Coach [Doug] Collins and still do to this day. He gave me the chance to start in the NBA and I loved playing for him. . . . But they made a business decision and it was time to move on." Philadelphia Inquirer

Meeks believes that the Lakers will be fine, mostly because of their leader. "I heard a lot of things about playing with Kobe [Bryant], and a lot of them were bad," Meeks said. "But it turns out that most of that stuff must have been made up. He's been a mentor to me. He works hard every day. He's the ultimate pro." Philadelphia Inquirer

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