Saying there hasn’t been many positives this season may be an understatement. While the injuries to the team have played a factor in the Lakers 16-31 record, it has also given the front office and fans a chance to get a good look at some of the younger players that could be kept past this season.
It is important to remember that a majority of the players on the current roster are on one-year deals. Because of that, the question will come up at the end of the season, “Who stays and who goes?”
Jodie Meeks has shown quite the improvement this season, averaging 14.7 points per game while shooting 40 pct. from three (a career high) and is a player the Lakers have been able to count on to give his all, game in and game out.
Whether or not the team plans on bringing him back remains to be seen, but Meeks hopes he will be in the purple and gold for a ‘long time’.
“The coaching staff is great and it’s a storied organization. I always pictured playing in a organization that’s prideful about winning. I love it here and hope I can stay a long time.”
Meeks is currently earning around $1.5 million and is in the final year of his contract. Despite his good play, it is a good bet that Meeks would ask for a similar salary but for more years. He has definitely earned a spot here in Los Angeles based on his performance, but all we can do is wait to see what the front office has planned this off season.
Would you like to see the Lakers sign Jodie Meeks long-term this summer?