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.