While you were trying to watch the USMNT take on Belgium, the Detroit Pistons and former Los Angeles Lakers swingman Jodie Meeks have agreed to a 3-year, $19.5 million contract, reports Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski. Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press confirmed the deal.
Shooting guard Jodie Meeks and swingman Cartier Martin joining the Pistons, sources confirm. @WojYahooNBA first with news.— Vincent Ellis (@Vincent_Ellis56) July 1, 2014
Meeks, who turns 27 in August, is a five-year veteran coming off a career season with the Lakers, during which he averaged 15.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals. Most importantly, though, he shot .401 from 3-point land, offering the Pistons a floor-spacer they so desperately need.
SB Nation's Tom Ziller ranked Meeks 51st among available free agents, just behind guys like Boris Diaw, Jordan Hamilton and Ed Davis, and just ahead of Patrick Mills, Jordan Farmar and Andrei Kirilenko. Meeks was also was among the 10 potential targets suggested by DBB's Sean Corp earlier this week:
Meeks position is limited to shooting guard so he doesn't have the positional versatility of some other names on this list, but he is a 40-percent 3-point shooter taking more than five per game last season playing more than 30 minutes per night on an awful Lakers squad. Depending on how comfortable the Pistons would be sliding Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to small forward, Meeks could be an attractive option.
Meeks was also a candidate profiled by DBB's revken earlier this month, who suggested the Pistons offer him a contract in the $3 million to $4 million range to replace Rodney Stuckey's as the sixth-man / first guard off the bench. But assuming Woj's numbers are correct, Meeks will instead average $6.5 million per season -- a significant raise for a player who earned $1.5 million last season and $5.3 million for his career.
Are the Pistons overpaying? It seems likely at first glance -- but Meeks undoubtedly fills a need. This is a team that was the league's second-worst in 3-point shooting last year. Meeks, on the other hand, has converted at a .376 clip for his career, with more than half of his career field-goal attempts coming from long distance.
We'll have more to come this evening -- but now, your thoughts.