The Detroit Pistons are desperate to return to relevance in the NBA. So much they went out on the first day of 2014 NBA Free Agency and came to an agreement with Jodie Meeks on a clearly-overpriced deal.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Pistons and Meeks have agreed to a three-year, $19-plus million deal that will keep the former Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard in Detroit for the foreseeable future.
Jodie Meeks has agreed to a three-year, $19 million-plus contract with the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2014
It’s a great move for the Pistons, but they simply paid way too much for Meeks. He’s coming off a season with the Lakers during which he made $1.55 million. This upcoming season, Detroit will be paying him over $6 million, which seems a bit excessive for a long-range specialist.
Despite the eye-popping financials, Meeks appears to be a solid fit for the Pistons. New head coach and president of basketball operations Steve Van Gundy is a fan of players with high upside from beyond the arch, and Meeks is obviously a sharpshooter from deep after making 40.1 percent of three-point shots in 2013-14.
The deal obviously can’t be finalized until July 10, but it appears the Pistons are set on making Meeks their starting shooting guard in 2014-15. That kind of money essentially guarantees that he’ll get the nod over youngsters Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Singler.
It’s clear where Van Gundy wants to upgrade this offseason, and he did so by putting a deal with Meeks in place. However, considering the Pistons are already overpaying for the likes of Josh Smith, investing $19 million in Meeks seems ill-advised.