Veteran guard Jodie Meeks has announced he will retire after a 10-year NBA career, as relayed by Steve Drumwright at USAB.com. Meeks is currently playing for USA Basketball’s Men’s AmeriCup Team, the first and final time he’ll represent his country in the sport.
“You always want to have a chance to compete in the Olympics, but obviously it’s so hard to make it in America because the talent level is so high,” Meeks said. “So this would be special for me to compete and win a gold medal.”
Meeks is among several former NBA players on the team, including Patrick McCaw, Norris Cole and Gary Clark. Known as a sharpshooter in his career, Meeks played 539 NBA games, making stops with the Bucks, Sixers, Lakers, Pistons, Magic, Wizards and Raptors.
The 35-year-old Meeks played in the G League with Toronto’s affiliate last season. In 18 games, he averaged 10.4 points per contest, shooting 48.5% from three-point range. He also won an NBA championship with the Raptors back in 2019.
“I’m young, but in basketball, I’m a little older,” Meeks said. “I’m no spring chicken anymore. But that’s OK. I can still move, I still feel like I can still play. And obviously I’m out here doing well. So for my career, it’s definitely been a good one and this will be the icing on the cake.”