Friday, July 27, 2012

Lakers In Talks With Free Agent Jodie Meeks

The search for a free agent shooting guard continues for the Los Angeles Lakers with the team in need of a viable option off the bench behind Kobe Bryant. There are still some options available at this position in free agency, but only a few that might be willing to take the veteran’s minimum that the Lakers are likely to offer.
Perhaps one of the best remaining options for the Lakers is Jodie Meeks. According to Alex Kennedy of, the Lakers are currently in talks with Meeks as of July 26:
"The Los Angeles Lakers continue to express interest in Jodie Meeks, according to source. No deal is imminent, but the two sides are talking."
Of the options left available at shooting guard in free agency for the Lakers, Meeks is arguably one of the most appealing. At 24-years-old, 25 in August, the Lakers would be able to go younger with Meeks rather than signing a veteran guard over 30 to a one-year deal.

Unfortunately for Meeks, the Kentucky Wildcats standout hasn’t received much interest in free agency. One aspect that might prevent the Lakers and Meeks seeing eye-to-eye on a contract is the team’s reluctance to sign a player for the mini mid-level exception.
With the Lakers publicly saying they have no intention of using this exception that pays around $3 million a year, Los Angeles is looking for veteran players at the minimum of $1.4 per season.

The veteran candidates the Lakers may target before next season to fill the void at shooting guard are Michael Redd, Tracy McGrady, Leandro Barbosa, Brandon Rush, Martell Webster and Roger Mason Jr.

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