Lakers Rumors: Jodie Meeks Would Be a Great Addition to the L.A. Bench

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJuly 8, 2012

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Signing Jodie Meeks would be a good move for the Los Angeles Lakers as they look for more guards who can provide scoring off the bench.

According to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld, the former Kentucky guard could be an option for the Lakers.

The Los Angeles Lakers have expressed interest in unrestricted free agent Jodie Meeks, according to sources close to the situation.

— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 7, 2012

Meeks spent last season with the Philadelphia 76ers, but he wasn't as consistent as the team would have liked. However, with a true point guard of Steve Nash's caliber playing alongside him, Meeks would be able to thrive at the offensive end of the floor.

Meeks can bring good size to the Lakers backcourt at 6'4", 200 pounds. Even though his best position is shooting guard, he could also play point guard if needed.

Meeks shot 40 percent from the field, 36 percent from beyond the arc, and averaged 8.4 points per game last year for the 76ers. However, his most impressive stat was his free-throw percentage, which was 90 percent. Meeks can be relied on to make free throws in any situation, which is important for any team.

With either Kobe Bryant or Steve Nash on the floor with him, Meeks would likely get plenty of open shots every game.

Meeks wouldn't play a major role on the Lakers, but he could certainly be an important bench player. The Lakers would be smart to sign him as an unrestricted free agent.