Lakers News: Jodie Meeks Wants To Stay With Lakers Long-Term

Lakers News: Jodie Meeks Wants To Stay With Lakers Long-Term


Meeks celebrating

Having a secure spot on this Lakers team moving forward might be a tall order to ask for if you’re currently on the roster. For Jodie Meeks, he hopes that his growth and improvement this season will play a big factor in what management decides to do with him in the 2014 off-season.

According to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News, Meeks has a very strong interest in staying in Los Angeles, and will be looking to sign a long-term deal with the Lakers in this upcoming summer:

“I like the city and love it here,” said Meeks. “The coaching staff is great and it’s a storied organization. I always pictured playing in a organization that’s prideful about winning. I love it here and hope I can stay a long time.”

As for the Lakers, we know that they intend to have full flexibility to do what they want in the summers of 2014 and 2015, so a long-term deal might not be in the interest of management.

Regardless of that, Meeks has been having a career season, averaging 14.7 points per game on 45 percent shooting from the field and 41 percent from beyond the arc.

If he continues this type of performance, the front-office we’ll be sure to ink him to a deal for the right terms.
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  • Andy

    Yes! Keep him long term! He’s proven his worth to the team!

  • Devon Samuels²⁴

    I don’t mind keeping M33KS!

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Sign on the dotted line my brother,sign on the dotted line.He earned his spot.

  • Matt Williams

    Good defender, great shooter, and he’s only getting better. Sign him.

  • Jim213

    So as long as the coach remains he’d like to stay? Don’t know about next season (coach) but time will tell with regards to Meeks.

  • Gregory Choa

    Jodie Meeks is easily the team’s most improved player from a year ago…I know this probably isn’t saying much, given how bad things are with the Lakers these days, but there is no doubt that Meeks has proven to be one of the few guys on the team that deserves to be re-signed next season. Once known only as a spot-up 3point shooter, Meeks has expanded his offensive game by leaps and bounds. His role, as Kobe’s principle backup at the two, is secure…IMHO.

    I also think it’s interesting that Jodie is a proponent of D’Antoni and his coaching staff.

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  • Daspin

    Meeks in the starting lineup means the Lakers are not contenders. Sorry but this guy is not NBA material.

    • Chrmngblly

      Are you guys even looking at his numbers? If he keeps this up, maybe Kobe can play the 3. We have no defense and a suspect front line.

      • Daspin

        Just using stats to determine level of play is why D’Antoni is not a championship coach. Meeks is one of the worse defenders on the floor, he is a turnover machine, a poor ball handler, has no touch on his shot allowing opposing teams to turn his fifteen ricochets off the rim into fast break points and is not a finisher when driving to the basket. Meeks in your starting lineup means you will be in line for a top draft pick.

        • Chrmngblly

          The whole team is using the “think system”. It is a fresh coaching innovation used to teach defense where big sweaty guys visualize making blocks on opponents coming in for layups by standing off to the side. I say Meeks has that down.

        • Chrmngblly

          So other than those few small details, you would rate Meeks as a nearly all-star caliber 2-guard, wouldn’t you, Daspin? Do I understand you correctly?

        • Daryl Peek

          You bash D’Antoni saying he uses stats to determine talent level?!? I’m sorry, are you confusing D’Antoni for Mike Brown due to the same first name?

          MDA is far from a stats micro manager. Every head coach has to take stats into account but like most good coaches MDA goes on instinct when developing players, and he’s actually the best in the biz at doing so. Popovich is the only HC that comes close to MDA in player development but his pupils seem to only fair well in his system and rarely do as well elsewhere. Many MDA prototypes do well when they leave the nest.

          On the championship theme, that is such a tired lame argument. The pool of championship proven head coaches is very small and most with rings have been lucky enough to have had the best players in the league on their rosters. MDA had a nice squad in Phoenix but could not get past the Spurs and Duncan. If you say that is a referendum against him then you’ve eliminated a majority of the coaches that have failed against the Spurs also.

          Meeks is none of the BS you said he is! When you compare Meeks to his peers at SG he stacks up very well by the measurable’s you tried to down him with. Harden is much more of a turnover machine at 3.7 turnovers a game VS. Meeks 1.6 on the season. Wade 3 turnovers a game, Wes Mathews 1.3 turnovers, Dion Waiters at 2.3 is a player who’s on the same level as Meeks as the others are next level up VS. Meeks in the NBA pecking order.

          “fifteen ricochets off the rim” ?!? Meek is one of the more accurate SG’s in the league shooting from both the field and three point line. Meeks averages 1.5 steals a game. that’s not elite but anyone who watches Meeks objectively knows he’s more than capable as a defender. Mike Brown and MDA stayed with Meeks due to his defensive prowess. It was Meeks last season that fixed many of our perimeter defensive issues. When the Bench Mob was clicking it was Meeks and X turning press man coverage defense into fast break offense.

          I really don’t get why folks like to over exaggerate flaws. Meeks is a starter at SG on many teams in the NBA. He’s not all-star level but has the potential to grow still.

        • hookedonnews

          Meeks wouldn’t be starting if not for all the injuries. I don’t agree about his defense, his ball-handling, or his shooting. And what has this got to do with D’Antoni? D’Antoni is using the players he has available. Meeks wasn’t starting when everyone (except Kobe) was healthy. He is a solid bench player.

    • ranfan

      18ppg @ 46% this month, and 50% in the last couple of games. He’s not all star material, but there are way, way worse guys in the nba.He’s the one improving, especially compared to last year. Don’t bs.

      • manu

        I agree with Daspin on this: Meeks is a one dimensional player.

        His offense has improved but his defense is atrocious. He gets destroyed by his opponent (off the dribble, post up), his rotations constantly put the Lakers in a gamble to try & recover, and if D’Antoni goes then the new coach will hopefully focus on D instead of offense – something that will make Meek’s value on the team close to nil. If we can get him back for $2 mil per year that’s just about ok to provide a scoring punch of the bench but he’s not worth much beyond that.

        • ranfan

          ok I see then. You both have good points. I keep forgetting about the defense, and those rotations are terrible.

  • Daryl Peek

    “The coaching staff is great and it’s a storied organization.”

    I thought the players hated MDA?!?

    A statement like Meeks sounds great but is code for I’m about to cash in on this seasons momentum. #YourWelcome Thanks D’Antoni 😉

    • C*HarrisTHEboss

      Did he mention him by name? – thats like saying “I love my country” and inferring further that you love the President.

      • Daryl Peek

        Really? LMAO

        The Hate is that real

        • C*HarrisTHEboss

          Hate is a very strong word. I only consign that to people who do me dirty. My purpose on this earth is to be entertaining.

          • Daryl Peek

            Well given MDA and his system has given Meeks the freedom to blossom…

            “Mike D’Antoni staying patient with Jodie Meeks:

            That gives me a lot of confidence,” Meeks said. “He says to shoot when you’re open and just take good shots. If you miss, don’t worry about it.” –Posted on March 30, 2013 by Mark Medina

            I’d bet his generality is in fact an inference at the man who’s been patient with him when many said he shouldn’t have been resigned after last season.

      • hookedonnews

        It’s well known that most players like playing for D’Antoni. Farmar and Johnson both said he was a factor in signing with LA. He has a reputation as a players coach. Don’t assume that the irrational hatred some fans have for MDA is shared by the players. They’re not obsessed with the fact that he’s not Phil Jackson.

  • Ambar

    If he has any value, sign him and trade him for a pick. Hell, if we can trade him for a low first rounder to a contender as an insurance policy, I’d say do it. He is the two-guard version of earl Clarke.

  • Chrmngblly

    Why don’t we buy some 2nd round draft picks from teams that don’t need them for simple cash? There is going to be some talent in the 2nd round this year.

  • laker fan

    he could be considered a good trade piece but although I hated him late year he has with out a doubt earned a spot if he wants it next year. he has improved his game, has been on only player who has played with some consistency, and been healthy.

  • Michael Bromley

    If the price is right, lock him and swaggy up for the next 3-4 years… I don’t hate MDA like a lot of the other fans on here (he’ll, do you think Phil could squeeze out more Ws with THIS roster??), but I do think that the losing and culture that breeds will need to be snapped to start next season fresh. How about an established coach with a track record for winning, and pushing teams to improve. George Karl people, let’s push for that!!!

    • Daryl Peek

      I agree with much of what you said except Karl. He’s not an upgrade at HC over MDA. They both are regular season warriors for the most part. MDA is a better player developer and if the team is in fact tanking MDA is perfect for the rookies soon to be coming. Who knows maybe Kobe will be the superstar who finally get MDA off the championship snide next season? Just saying.