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Lakers reportedly showing interest in Jodie Meeks

Jul 27, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

Jeremy Lin

The Lakers are pretty set at starting two guard. Got a guy they kind of like there.

 

But if the goal is to keep Kobe Bryant’s minutes down — he averaged a ridiculous 38.5 last season for Mike Brown — you need a reliable backup. And while Andrew Goudelock and Darius Johnson-Odom are on the roster, the Lakers want someone with more experience.

 

Like Jodie Meeks, his agent told Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld.

 

The Los Angeles Lakers continue to express interest in Jodie Meeks, according to source. No deal is imminent, but the two sides are talking.

 

There’s not a lot of talking to do, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has said the Lakers are not signing anyone for more than the veteran minimum. So, Meeks knows what is on the table.

 

Meeks started 50 games for the 76ers last year. He averaged 8.4 points per game and eventually Evan Turner took his job. His role with the Lakers would be differ — 15-20 minutes a night behind Kobe, don’t blow the lead.

  1. b7p19 - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    I like Jody, he plays hard and is a good defender, but his 3 ball really isn’t as good as some believe it to be.

    • steviegjd - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:13 PM

      He would be a massive upgrade at the backup 2 position. Goudelock’s game has not yet translated to the NBA game. Anyone who watched Summer League knows that Johnson-Odom is not ready. This is only about whether he is willing to take a pay cut on a one year contract for the veteran’s minimum.

  2. pop562 - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    I would go with barbosa or delfino… Both guys play defense and with lots of energy…both can shoot the 3 ball but delfino is more efficient…however for the vet min, that’s a pay cut for both players.

  3. dalucks - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    I would think Leandro Barbosa would be a better scorer off the bench and he would probably sign for the mini-mid level exemption or veteran’s minimum. I think the bigger problem is the 4 million dollars Steve Blake is making and the 3.25 million given to Josh McRoberts for two guys who combine for less than 10 points a game.

    • zxrated - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      Laker fans really need to get off the Steve Blake hate boat. Blake was the leading scorer off the bench last season and was averaging 10-15 a game before he got hurt. Blake also shot 42% from three point land in the playoffs and is a career 39% three point shooter.

      Playoff performances like this in game 7 against the Nuggets are ones that make players into role playing legends. Blake hit big shot after big shot in this series… http://lakersmedia.com/highlights/streaming/5092.html

    • zxrated - Jul 27, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      BTW, the Lakers are about 13-20 million over the luxury tax hard cap so Blake and McRoberts salaries arent the problem… See Kobe’s 28 mil and Gasol’s 19 mil

      • stayhigh_247 - Jul 27, 2012 at 4:53 PM

        @zxrated
        thats a problem most teams would want.

      • zxrated - Jul 27, 2012 at 6:05 PM

        Kobe and Gasol are great but fans that act like the salaries of a Blake or McRoberts are holding the team back from adding talent are delusional.

  4. passerby23 - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Neither Barbosa nor Delfino will sign for the veterans minimum. Meeks is a good choice for the money.

  5. mydadyourmom - Jul 27, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    what a play by Lin in that pic. what a playa.

    • stayhigh_247 - Jul 27, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      what a playa hater…

  6. dsjcn3 - Jul 27, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Lol it almost looks like Lin was photoshopped in

  7. paulhargis53 - Jul 27, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    I’d get used to it Laker fans. This team as built is not going to get past the 2nd round.
    No, most teams wouldn’t want 47 mil tied up in 2 players….
    When you add Bynums extension, its only going to get worse.
    I, for one an enjoying the Lakers failure to reach the title series. I’m going to enjoy it even more when they start failing to make the playoffs. It couldn’t happen to a better fanbase.

    • zxrated - Jul 27, 2012 at 6:13 PM

      As a Laker fan I’m use to rooting for a team that wins 1 out every 3 championships played since Dr. Buss purchased the team in 1979. Under this new CBA 47 mil tied up in two players is problematic but the Laker FO always finds a way to get things done so don’t hold your breath too long waiting for the best franchise in all of sports to fall…

  8. lakerluver - Jul 27, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    @paulhargis53, hey clown boy, if you’re waiting for the LAKERS to start missing the playoffs if I were you I wouldn’t hold my breath. Obviously you don’t think before commenting. In 2-3 years the contracts of Kobe, Pau, Nash and Metta will no longer be on the LAKERS books. At that time they will be left with Bynum or Howard in their prime, and MILLIONS to sign a couple of elite free agents. Even if Kobe signs another deal after his current one the LAKERS are gonna be in good shape. As a matter of fact when was the last time the LAKERS were NOT in good shape?!! I’ve been a loyal fan since 1979 and I’ve had the pleasure of 10 titles in that period! TEN, you dunce!!! The LAKERS will always be title contenders because of the Buss family and a winning tradition. Elite players want to play in L.A.!!

  9. paulhargis53 - Jul 27, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Keep thinking that way you arrogant dunce. In the meantime, they are going to be well over the cap 3 years running, which in turn will trigger the repeater clause. Restricting their sign and trade ability. How can you not understand the playing field has changed?!!??!

    It’s like you don’t even believe the new cba to be real. You are so damn dumb.

    You just don’t get it, you’re being willfully ignorant or you have no concept of change.
    I don’t care about the last 30 year’s, those rules don’t apply anymore.
    When you sign Bynum, cap hell gets that much worse, paying hefty taxes and losing player movement priveleges.

    You get Howard, you have to take Hedo or Richardson…..screwed either way and I love it.
    Piss poor bench which has killed them the last 2 year’s, nothing changed there.
    LOSS to a deeper Spurs or Thunder team- again. Arrogant,know nothing fans, you gotta laugh at Lakers fans.

  10. lalfan2323 - Jul 27, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Well said

  11. chadinkc30 - Jul 27, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    You people are dilusional if you believe this “hard salary cap” is gonna turn the Lakers into the Bobcats or something…and these high penalty taxes arent going to stop teams like the Lakers or Knicks or 5 other teams to spend money to try to win!!

  12. lakerluver - Jul 27, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    So, just ignore facts, correct?! The facts are: Nash, Kobe, MWP, and Pau’s contracts all end in 2-3 years. Do you think the LAKERS are gonna just gonna settle for Bynum/Howard and 11 scrubs?! What don’t you phukin understand?!!! As for the garbage contracts Orlando is trying to dump, if the LAKERS had any intentions on taking on those contracts they would’ve have done it by now!! Thus, the need for Cleveland or Houston in a 3 team deal. The LAKERS did NOT become the NBA’s best franchise by making stupid deals!! I swear if you and shockexchange ever got together you clowns could make a “Dumb and Dumber” remake!!!

  13. lakerluver - Jul 27, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    NOTHING will change in the NBA. The league will still be made of the “haves” and the “have nots”. Hate all you want to, blockhead, the LAKERS will always be amongst the “haves”. Arguably, they are the 2nd greatest franchise in sports behind only the Yankees. And if you go by recent success the LAKERS are the best. The only thing that has mattered since the Buss family took over is TITLES. Do you honestly think that’s gonna change?! Even a dunderhead such as yourself, paulhargis, has to understand that. Or perhaps I’m giving you too much credit.

  14. paulhargis53 - Jul 27, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Dumba$$, its not JUST ABOUT THE MONEY!!!! The restrictions are what is going to be the death knell for the Lakers.
    When Jones deal is done, he isn’t going anywhere. He’s not playing for less than 15 mil per year. Add Bynum at a max deal You are already at 35, add another max deal and you are at the cap for 3 players.

    Now in 2013-2014, if you are over the cap(which the Lakers will be) it restricts player movement(no sign and trades etc.)

    How are you Laker fans this obtuse? It’s mind numbing. Teams can’t and will not be able to operate as they have been.

    You should really look into reading the cba. That’s ok, you just keep thinking that nothing has changed. It’ll be funnier that way when the ship sinks.

    As I said, could not happen to a better fanbase.
    It’s also cute that you’re “dire hard fandom” coincides with when they got good again.
    If you really think that its going to be business as usual, I pity you.
    Dumb and Dumber? Really?! Putrid and pathetic.

  15. lakerluver - Jul 27, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    First of all, I wasn’t born in the 40’s like you were! I was a child in 79 and only became a LAKERS fan because Ervin “Magic” Johnson got drafted by them. Had he been drafted by another team I would’ve been a fan of that team. I have never switched my allegiance, even during the Kwame Brown/Smush Parker days! Secondly, who the heck is Jones?!! Dude, you’re clueless. I don’t care how the “new” CBA is worded, the good GM’s (Mitch K.) will figure out the loopholes. All your mindless ranting is just wishful thinking.

  16. paulhargis53 - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Born in the 40s? Where in the world did you get that?
    The wishful thinking is on your part. You need to peruse the cba, honestly. You look like a tool because you don’t understand the new rules.
    It’s actually fairly simple. If they are over the tax limit, they get penalized and the restrictions kick in. 2013 payroll for just Kobe,Pau,Bynum and Nash is77 mil.
    Get it?! There are no fricking loopholes.
    God, for being in your late 30s early 40s, you are painfully dumb.

  17. jgray30 - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Why do ppl seem to think that the lakers r the only team over the cap? EVERY relevant team is or will be over the cap. So what? What does that change? Not a damn thing….The lakers will always be a top tier team, so stop the hating.

  18. lakerluver - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Idiot, do you think the LAKERS care about tax restrictions?! Any team that desires to win titles will have to deal with tax restrictions. The LAKERS franchise is NOT lacking funds and the ONLY thing that matters to the Buss family is hanging Championship Banners. The only thing this so-called “new” CBA is going to do is make teams be a bit more prudent with their money. But, trust and believe, teams like the LAKERS, Mavs, Knicks, Nets and a couple more will pay the extra tax dollars to win a title.

  19. paulhargis53 - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    http://m.espn.go.com/nba/story?storyId=7289447

    Learn it. Know it. Live it.

    Jesus, I can’t understand how you morons don’t get it.
    You have all this information at your fingertips, yet you sit there and type away as if nothing has changed..

    Get over it. Stern wants parity, just like the NFL. It’s going to happen. The sooner you realize it, the better off you’ll be.
    It isn’t just about paying the extra money.

  20. congocash - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Knicks suck and so does boston… In your face clowns….lakers got the sport on lock….hit the showers

  21. lakerluver - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    How is it that a team that already has 3 highly paid players on their roster still somehow added Nash for basically nothing? Yeah, that “new” CBA is really changing the NBA!! The LAKERS Rule and they have the best ownership in all of sports!!

  22. paulhargis53 - Jul 27, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    THE NEW RULES FOR THIS STUFF DOESN’T KICK IN UNTIL 2013!!!!!!!
    Good God!!!! How do you nitwits make it through a day without getting killed by your ignorance?
    There is a grace period. Di you understand that term?
    As I said. You should probably read that link comparing the 2005 cba and the 2011 cba.
    Right now, its obvious that a majority of you don’t grasp what is coming. You look very foolish. Seriously, give it a read.
    The playing field is changing, you best get that through your head.

  23. paulhargis53 - Jul 27, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Congo: Way to add to the thread ignorancy. I’m amazed you formed a somewhat coherent sentence.

  24. lakerluver - Jul 27, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    @ph53, dude, you try really hard to come across as smart. However, quoting a bunch of crap you got online does NOT make you an NBA General Manager. Like so many others have tried to get through that block you call a head, the marquee teams will pay the tax penalties to win a title. That’s what you can’t seem to comprehend. The difference in the NFL and the NBA is Stern left the NBA owners a loophole. In other words, “you can still stock your team but you will pay more in taxes”. As long as that tax loophole exists parity in the NBA is a myth. The NFL has a “true” salary cap. Do you really think the Buss family will let the LAKERS become the Timberwolves? You think they would let all those lovely luxury suites and high priced court-side seats go empty?! Do you actually think they would let all those Hollywood celebs just desert the Staples Center?!! You just don’t get it!! The LAKERS are more than just about basketball in Los Angeles.

  25. crconsultoria - Jul 27, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Reblogged this on crconsultoria.

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