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Lakers’ Jodie Meeks on his way to hitting contract incentive

Jan 11, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

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At least one positive thing may come of all the injuries the Lakers have been dealing with this season, but it’s something that will benefit just one of the team’s players.

Thanks to plenty of available minutes in the rotation without players like Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar around for much of the year, it’s made guys like Jodie Meeks invaluable, out of necessity if nothing else.

Meeks, along with Nick Young and Jordan Hill, are the only Lakers to have appeared in all 37 of the team’s contests. And with Meeks playing starter’s minutes in 30 of those, that has him well on the way to earning some extra cash by meeting a built-in contract incentive.

From Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times:

According to his agreement with the Lakers, Meeks has a base compensation of $1.45 million for the 2013-14 season.

If he averages at least 20 minutes through a minimum of 70 games, Meeks will earn an additional $100,000.

Meeks hit a similar incentive last season, averaging 21.3 minutes a game to bump his $1.4-million salary to $1.5 million.

Should Meeks stay at 25 minutes a game or higher, he’ll be rewarded with an additional $100,000.

That’s $300,000 in total on the table for Meeks, and the way things have played out this season, he’s more than likely to get to cash those checks.

Meeks is averaging 31.6 minutes per game, second only to Blake’s 31.9 — though Blake was appeared in 16 fewer games, leaving Meeks atop the team’s leaderboard in total minutes played. He’s averaging a career-best 13.6 points and 2.9 rebounds per contest in what’s become a lost season for the Lakers.

 

  1. unfly - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    As someone who watches every Laker game, I feel confident in saying that Jodie Meeks is easily the guy who brings the most effort to every single game. Jordan Hill is a close second but if anyone deserves a pay bonus it’s Meeks.

  2. therealhtj - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    But it’ll cost another 90 million in luxury taxes.

  3. ogwhiteissac - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Am I missing something? I only see $200k in bonuses not $300k. 100k for the 20 mpg threshold and the other 100k for the 25 mpg threshold, right?

    • tj15577 - Jan 11, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      You are missing something.. It’s 100k last year…100k for over 20mpg and 100k for 25 mpg making it 300k

    • spursareold - Jan 12, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      I think they’re talking about the 100K from last season, plus the prospective 200K from this year.

  4. jerdogthompson - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Funny there is no article or mention of the uber boot stomp thrashing the Lakers suffered at the hand of the Clippers on Friday.

    It seems like only yesterday the lowly Lakers managed to pull off an upset of the Clippers on opening night and the internet was a buzz. Oh yeah, K Love will be aboard in 2015 to save the franchise. YEAH RIGHT.

    • Professor Fate - Jan 12, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      You know your team’s never won anything of substance when you feel the need to troll articles about the team that has 16 more titles than your team. The “lowly” Lakers on their worst day get ten times the attention of the other Staples tenant, and it will be that way until the other Staples tenant wins something besides a division.

  5. sportsnut101 - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Meeks can I get a grant of 25,000 pretty please

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