Howard Signing Swayed Meeks to Lakers
(Agent David) Bauman also represents reserve shooting guard Jodie Meeks, who recently accepted a two-year, $3-million deal with the Lakers that includes a team option on the second year. Meeks also plans to take his physical Monday and then sign his contract. Bauman said that around 12 to 14 teams expressed interest in Meeks, including the Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies.
He averaged 8.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in 25 minutes a game last season, when he played in all 66 games, starting 50. Meeks is expected to relieve Kobe Bryant and provide outside shooting when Bryant, Howard, Nash and Pau Gasol draw double teams.
“For a team like the Lakers, the ability to hit an open three is crucial,” Bauman said. “The Dwight deal definitely put the scale in favor of the Lakers. There was no question at that point.”