Tag: Jodie Meeks

Lakers Exercise Team Option On Jodie Meeks; Duhon, Ebanks & Jamison Gone

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Plenty of Laker fans had Jodie Meeks as one of their most disappointing of the 2012/13 season, but that hasn’t stopped the team picking up the 25 year-old shooting guard’s team option for the upcoming 2013/14 NBA season. Meeks, who was brought to LA as a scoring role player, averaged 7.9 points in an average of 21 minutes per game for the Lakers this past season (his lowest in three years) however the team believes he has more to give. Meeks averaged a nifty 10.5 PPG in 2010/11 for Philadelphia where his long range jump shot helped the Sixers scoring power off the bench considerably. This past season in LA however, he struggled to maintain his shot and averaged 35.7% across 78 games.  The hope is that Meeks can again become a dangerous addition to the Laker bench in a time where they need it so very badly. Today the team announced they would continue to place their trust in him by exercising the option to keep him on the team for another season at $1.5 Million.

The Lakers have also released free agents Devin Ebanks and Antawn Jamison after disappointing seasons with the team, and have also bought out point guard Chris Duhon’s $3.75 Million contract for next season. The word is that Darius Morris will likely remain with the team as a third string guard behind Steve Nash and Steve Blake. Nothing is confirmed at this stage, however.

Nick C.



Breaking Down The L.A. Lakers: Where Has It All Gone Wrong?

You don’t need to be an expert to see that there is trouble in Laker Land. This storied franchise came into to 2012/13 with a whole new arsenal of players and Championship aspirations, and so far they have looked everything but. The acquisition of  Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Jodie Meeks and Antawn Jamison (who is he again?) were meant to bolster the team into the upper echelons of the Western Conference and everyone many predicted that this would undoubtedly end in yet another title for Lakers. Since the start of the season, the drama that has unfolded has been nothing short of disastrous for the Lakers’ PR department, as the team reels at 15 wins and 16 losses a quarter of the way through to season. Who would have thought this stacked Lakers roster would be under .500 after 31 games?

Add into the mix the firing of head coach Mike Brown after Los Angeles started the season 1-4. The players remain adamant that it will turn around,  that they can right the ship through hard work and chemistry building. Sure, injury has plagued them through the initial stages, but with the team nearly back to full strength it’s hard to see a lot of improvement and it’s now becoming frustrating for fans, coaching staff, management and indeed the players themselves. It’s really quite hard to pinpoint where the Lakers are struggling, but here we’ll take a look at all the factors surrounding the team and allow you to break down where you think there is room for improvement and who may or may not be the true crux of the problems in Los Angeles. We’ll look at the players, coaches, fans and more to try and better understand what the real issues are that face one of the most famous sporting franchises in history.

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Off Season Moves: The Los Angeles Lakers

During the course of the free agency period 2012, the Los Angeles Lakers have attempted to address areas where, over the past two seasons, they have struggled to make an impact and in the end fallen to teams that were far more superior in these areas. It was almost as if this great franchise was becoming one of the more slow, tired and old teams in the league, and something simply had to be done. After the new CBA was put into effect, the Lakers were put under immense pressure to sign good players cheaply, as they were not only over the salary cap, they would also incur a huge fee as part of the luxury tax. They had at their disposal a mini mid-level player exception as part of the Lamar Odom trade, and could potentially sign players at veteran minimums, but in reality it looked fairly grim for a team in desperate need of spark and talent. Here, we will take a look at the trades Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss have been able to pull off in a time where the Lakers are simply desperate to reclaim the throne and once again be NBA Champions.

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