HoopsHype Jodie Meeks rumors

December 16, 2012 Updates

Under typical circumstances, when a player signs as a free agent over the summer, they cannot be traded until Dec 15. Now that that date has been reached, the Lakers are now able to deal most of their free-agent acquisitions. This isn't to suggest the Lakers are actually looking to make any specific moves, but technically Jodie Meeks and Antawn Jamison are now trade eligible. Additionally, Devin Ebanks and Darius Morris can be dealt but under the strict rules of the league's collective bargaining agreement, both have the right to block any trade after signing one year-deals (with Bird or Early Bird Rights upon completion). Another wrinkle to the equation is Jordan Hill, who can't be dealt until Jan. 15 after getting a raise greater than 20% from the Lakers. Los Angeles Times

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Guard Jodie Meeks may benefit with the coaching change given he had fallen out of Brown's rotation. "I had no idea so, just like everybody else," said Meeks. "We respected him and played hard for him." Rookie center Robert Sacre addressed expectations that surround the team. "We are the Lakers," said Sacre. "We have that across our chest. We are supposed to have 'Ws', and that's it." Los Angeles Times

November 6, 2012 Updates

So the coaching staff has been pushing him to be more assertive? "It's my kids, my mom," Jamison said. "Nah, the coaches, they know what they want me to do. Coach has tried to get me on the box a little bit more in the past game or two. It's going to take time." It's apparently going to take even longer for Meeks, who has been pushed toward the end of the bench with Coach Mike Brown designating Devin Ebanks as Kobe Bryant's primary backup at shooting guard for the next few weeks. A bad sign for Meeks: He played only four minutes against Detroit, and that was with the Lakers holding leads as large as 36 points. "It's disappointing because everyone wants to play," said Meeks, who has made two of seven shots, including two of five from three-point range, and is averaging 2.0 points in 7.3 minutes per game. "But there's really nothing I can do. Right now it's just out of my control and his decision." Los Angeles Times

October 31, 2012 Updates

Entering the season, it’s championship or bust for the Lakers. “I think some people would say that,” Meeks said. “Our main goal is definitely to win a championship. With all of the talent that we have on this team and all of the veteran guys that we have on this team, I think we’re definitely going to be in the mix when it comes down to it. I’m just focused on getting better every day.” After starting for the Philadelphia 76ers over the last three seasons, Meeks will have to adjust to coming off of the bench in L.A. He has embraced that role and will do whatever Lakers head coach Mike Brown asks of him. “I’m just going to come off of the bench, knock down open shots and play hard on defense,” Meeks said. “My main focus is just doing the little things and finding ways to help the team. We have a lot of scorers on this team so I don’t have to come in and average 15 or 20 points. I just need to come in and play hard on both ends.” HoopsWorld

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In what he considers a "nice, healthy competition," Brown still touts Meeks as having the edge over Ebanks and Chris Douglas-Roberts. But the way Brown has used Ebanks in training camp suggests otherwise. In the Lakers' 110-83 preseason loss Sunday to the Golden State Warriors, Ebanks played as the the team's first backup shooting guard, scoring six points on three-of-six shooting in just under 13 minutes. Meeks, meanwhile, didn't play until the second half and scored five points in 10 minutes, 44 seconds. More importantly, Ebanks has played with the second team during most of the practice times open to the media. Los Angeles Times

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Whoever it is, the Lakers hope they can find a backcourt player who could reduce Kobe Bryant's minutes and provide needed outside shooting. Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard Meeks could fill that description since the 25-year-old shot in the high 30% range in the past two seasons. Meeks' agent, David Bauman, said Meeks is on the Lakers' radar and that of "four or five" other unspecified teams. But Bauman said Meeks' interest with the Lakers could hinge on a significant variable. "We're happy to talk, but we're not talking minimum for a guy like Jodie," Bauman told The Times in a phone interview on Monday. "He'll get more than the minimum wherever he signs." Los Angeles Times

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