Despite their lack of cap space, the Los Angeles Lakers have been busy since the start of free agency. After trading for Steve Nash and reopening talks to acquire Dwight Howard, the Lakers have turned their attention towards free agent shooting guard Jodie Meeks.
According to Adam Kennedy of Hoopsworld.com, the Lakers have expressed interest in Meeks, likely for his three-point prowess.
Meeks, who spent the last three years with the Philadelphia 76ers, is known for his spot-up shooting and abilities from beyond the arch.
Throughout his career, he has hit 37.1 percent of his three-point shots while averaging 8.1 points per game. He has played in 200 career games (114 starts). Last season, Meeks played in all 66 of the 76ers’ regular-season games, including 50 starts. During that time, he averaged 8.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.8 assists during 24.9 minutes per game.
Although he started off the 2011-2012 campaign strong for the 76ers, Meeks faded towards the end of the regular season and was a non-factor during the postseason. He possesses some promise as a shooter, but is below average as a defender and doesn’t have any of the facilitating skills that the Lakers need on offense.
If the Lakers were to sign Meeks, he’d provide some reliable long-distance shooting off of the bench. His range would help the Lakers space the floor and would give recently-acquired Nash an option on outlet passes.
The Lakers have several spaces to fill on their bench this offseason, and Meeks could be a great way to address an area of concern (three-point shooting) at a low price.