The Washington Wizards have signed free agent Jodie Meeks to a two-year deal worth $7M. Meeks last played for the Orlando Magic as a reserve guard.
Meeks last played for the Orlando Magic as a reserve guard, playing behind Evan Fournier. He averaged 9.1 points per game, 1.3 assists per game, and 2.1 rebounds per game and shot 40.2% from the floor and 40.9% from the three-point arc.
Meeks has struggled with injuries throughout his career, and last year was no different. He played well, but a thumb injury in late-January had him sidelined until around mid-March.
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Meeks was drafted in the second round of the 2009 draft out of Kentucky, a college where he still holds the record for most points scored in a game with 54.
He’s bounced around the league a bit, playing for the Milwaukee Bucks (who drafted him), the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, and now the Washington Wizards.
His best year statistically so far was in the 2013-14 season as a starter for the Lakers when he averaged 15.7 points per game, shooting 46.3% from the field.
Still, the 29-year-old showed some flashes of brilliance last year for the Magic, as he scored 23 points in a game against the New York Knicks last year, and had three other games where he scored at least 15 points.
This is another move similar to the move the Washington Wizards made on draft day acquiring point guard Tim Frazier from the New Orleans Pelicans for their only draft pick, the 52nd overall pick. Frazier will likely play as the primary backup to John Wall.