HoopsHype Jodie Meeks rumors


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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

January 26, 2013 Updates

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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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

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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

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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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The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent guard Jodie Meeks, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. In addition, the team has also re-signed forward Devin Ebanks. NBA.com

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