NBA rumors: Veteran Jodie Meeks seeks NBA return

With several games postponed and fewer players available due to the league’s health and safety protocols, 10-year NBA veteran Jodie Meeks hopes to earn a roster spot this season. “I haven’t retired, and I’m not looking to retire,” Meeks told HoopsHype. “I’m still healthy, and I’m only 33. The way my game is, it’s not like I’m super athletic running and jumping like Russell Westbrook. I’m strictly shooting and playing defense. I could still move. I could still play for a while. I just need an opportunity.”

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Meeks worked out in Los Angeles at the Mamba Academy with several Brooklyn Nets players in November, including Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and DeAndre Jordan. The former Kentucky Wildcat also trained with Chris Brickley in New York during the fall. “They need to get me in Brooklyn,” Meeks told HoopsHype. “They need some shooting.”
Meeks has still not found an NBA home for the 2019-20 season, though he continues to work out, and is optimistic that he will find his way back into the league, if not sometime this season, then next year. “I would like to be playing right now,” Meeks said. “It’s not in the cards right now, but I’m still working out, I’m still waiting on teams to call. I think it will happen just like last year. It happened later on (in the season). So we’ll see what happens.”
Dave McMenamin: Free agent guard Jodie Meeks, fresh off a championship with the Raptors, has drawn interest from the Clippers and Hornets, league sources tell ESPN. A career 37.3 percent 3-point shooter, he shot 44.4 percent from 3 in spot duty with Toronto.
Josh Lewenberg: The Raptors are bringing back Jodie Meeks, this time for the remainder of the season, per @Shams Charania. He impressed during his 10-day trial last month, shooting 3-8 from 3-point range in 2 games. Gives them another shooter at the end of the bench. He is playoff eligible.
Free agent guard Jodie Meeks has agreed to a 10-day contract with the Toronto Raptors, league sources told ESPN. Meeks made a good impression on the Raptors in a workout this week, offering the Eastern Conference contender some belief that he could make impact off the bench with his shooting ability.
Bobby Marks: The roster in Toronto is now up to the league mandated 14 players with the Jodie Meeks 10-Day Contract. The cap hit for Toronto is $85K with Meeks earning $123K. The contract will cost Toronto $214K toward the luxury tax.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent guard Jodie Meeks is signing a 10-day contract with the Toronto Raptors, league sources tell ESPN.
Dave McMenamin: As the Lakers approach the trade deadline/buyout season and surely want to shore up their shooting, one name to consider is former Laker Jodie Meeks. He was part of a group workout with the Sixers today. He’s a career 37.2 percent 3-point shooter in 9 seasons.
Milwaukee Bucks: The Bucks have requested waivers on Jodie Meeks. Meeks was acquired from the Washington Wizards on Oct. 15 along with a future second-round draft pick and cash in exchange for a future second-round draft pick. The Bucks roster stands at 17 players.
The Milwaukee Bucks are waiving guard Jodie Meeks, league sources told ESPN. Meeks' NBA-mandated suspension for violating the NBA/NBPA anti-drug program ends Saturday night. Waiving him keeps Milwaukee's roster at 15 players. Meeks will have served the final 19 games of his original 25-game suspension since the Bucks acquired him in a trade with Washington in October.
Albert Nahmad: Bucks waiving Jodie Meeks effectively means they paid $2M for a second-round pick from Wizards. Keeping Meeks on the roster throughout his suspension has enabled Bucks to fall another $298K below tax line. They’re now $9.5M under (assuming they get Mirza Teletovic clearance).
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Milwaukee Bucks are waiving guard Jodie Meeks, whose NBA-mandated suspension ends on Saturday night, league sources told ESPN. Bucks will waive Meeks after game with Spurs, which will keep roster at 15 players.
Washington luxury tax bill drops from $18.8M to $11.6M with the Jodie Meeks trade to Milwaukee. Milwaukee had a $3.38M trade exception (plus $100K) that was set to expire on Nov. 7. The Wizards will now create a $3.45M trade exception. Total savings for Washington on the trade is $10.4M in salary and luxury tax.
Bobby Marks: After picking up his $3.45M option, Jodie Meeks will serve the remainder of his 25 game suspension starting with the first regular season game. Meeks will miss 19 games, lose $597K in salary and be placed on the suspended list to start the season. In total, Meeks will lose $776K.
Scott Kushner: Jodie Meeks is a name to watch for the #Pelicans as they enter the second half of free agency with Holiday in the fold.
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