Lakers Sign Jodie Meeks

4:37pm: Meeks' agent David Bauman tells Dave McMenamin of that his client could earn up to $2MM in the second year of his deal, via incentives. In order for that to be possible under cap rules, I believe there'd have to be incentives in year one that Meeks would have to achieve first.

MONDAY, 3:31pm: The Lakers have officially announced the signing of Meeks, tweets Mike Trudell of

FRIDAY, 3:24pm: The Lakers and Jodie Meeks have agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth about $3MM, tweets Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. The second year of the contract is a team option, according to Bresnahan.

Meeks was reportedly uninterested in signing for the veteran's minimum, while the Lakers were reluctant to use their full $3.09MM mid-level exception, so it seems the two sides reached a compromise. Meeks' deal will pay him more than the minimum, but only a portion of Los Angeles' mid-level.

The acquisition of Meeks is far from the Lakers' biggest move of the day, but it's a solid signing that helps solidify an ever-improving bench and provides some wing depth behind Kobe Bryant. When I examined some of the Lakers' free agent options last week, I suggested Meeks could be the best fit for the team, given his skill-set and likely price tag. The 24-year-old is a career 37.1% three-point shooter in three seasons with the Bucks and Sixers.

According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld, Meeks received larger offers from the Bucks and Wizards, but wanted to compete for a title with the Lakers (Twitter link).

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Clayton Brown
3 years 3 months ago

The moves the Lakers are making are remarkable. They are poised to possibly have the best season historically if all the pieces mesh! This is going to be entertaining. Meeks was the much needed outside shooting the Lakers lacked.

3 years 3 months ago

I agree and with rumors swirling about a possible Gasol for Smith trade again. Honestly i think Smith can make this team deadly next year and for years to come. Him and Dwight would be perfect to move on after the Kobe era.

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