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.
Brett Dawson: The Thunder are among teams to have expressed interest in veteran guard Jodie Meeks, per a league source.
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.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Jodie Meeks has picked up his option for the 2018-19 season with the Wizards, league source tells ESPN.
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.
J. Michael Falgoust: Note: Jodie Meeks’ contract is BAE number but isnt BAE. His contract is being slotted as taxpayer MLE to avoid hard cap #Wizards
Candace Buckner: Also, G Jodie Meeks will sign his contract with the team next week in Las Vegas.
Tim Bontemps: Some housekeeping re: Otto Porter. Wizards are expected to use their tax MLE, not bi-annual exception, to sign Jodie Meeks to avoid hard cap
Shams Charania: Free agent Jodie Meeks has agreed to a two-year, $7 million deal with the Washington Wizards, league sources tell The Vertical.
Tim Bontemps: Can confirm the Wizards are signing guard Jodie Meeks for two-years, $7 million. They’re using their bi-annual exception to do so.
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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Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love is on this quick two-game trip with his teammates so he can continue to rehab a high-grade strained right calf, but the five-time All-Star is “unlikely” to return until after the NBA All-Star break, league sources tell cleveland.com.
Given the Cavs only have two games remaining — Monday in Houston and Wednesday at home against the Indiana Pacers — before a needed nine-day break, sources said the team doesn’t see the upside in pushing it. They want to use the extra days to get his calf better, so he can be 100 percent for the Second Half.
The Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant will still serve as an NBA All-Star Game captain despite a hamstring injury that will keep him from playing. Durant and fellow All-Star Game captain LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers will each draft a roster out of the pool of selected All-Stars. The All-Star draft will air on TNT on March 4. It remained unclear whether Durant will travel to Atlanta for the game on March 7.
A Knicks official said Rivers was at the Garden, but in the back getting treatment for a sore ankle. Rivers was not listed on the pregame injury report submitted to the NBA. On the box score, Rivers was listed with a DNP-Coach’s Decision. Earlier this week, Rivers said of his situation: “I can’t control if I’m traded today, tomorrow or the next day. What I can control is how I am as a player.’’
His father, Mychal Thompson, believes Klay’s basketball lifespan could run until he’s 40 years old. “I said, if you really want to, you can play till you’re 40 years of age, but the key to that is you have to take care of your body, as you go into your 30s,” Mychal said, recounting to NBC Sports Bay Area a conversation he had with Klay.
That doesn’t mean he’s a finished product. There’s a reason the Raptors signed him with G League intentions and not for the NBA roster. The 10-day contract (about $82,000) affords them six games to see how he can fit and progress in their environment. It’s an audition by another name, and not the first time the Raptors have used a 10-day to get a 905 look at a prospect. “This gives us a chance to get Donta down in our system, teach him our ins and outs and the way we operate our offence, our defence, our schemes, and see how he looks running those,” general manager Chad Sanders said. “With Tampa just down the street, it’s a chance for us to get him out there and get some reps and get a chance to evaluate him for the big club.”
Callie Caplan: Luka, on ABC, asked about recent comparisons to Larry Bird’s game: “More, more games to go. A long time before you can compare me to Larry Bird. I just want to keep hooping, have fun playing basketball.”