Jodie Meeks is one of the best players left in the free agency pool, and he's drawing closer to finding a home for the 2012-2013 season.
In a quote relayed by HOOPSWORLD's Alex Kennedy, the sharpshooting 2-guard revealed the teams that he's received the most interest from:
“I’ve gotten interest from the Lakers, Bucks and Wizards,” Meeks told HOOPSWORLD. “There are five or six teams, but those three are at the forefront right now because I’ve been talking to them the most. I really like those teams and I like what they bring to the table. I’m looking forward to signing, whenever that may be.”
So, how do the Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards stack up for Meeks as landing spots?
3. Milwaukee Bucks
Meeks has spent a lot of time as a starter with the Philadelphia 76ers over the last two years, but he'd be the backup with any of these three teams.
Despite his great shot from the outside, Meeks is going to have to be okay coming off the bench. If the Lakers, Bucks and Wizards are really the leading contenders for his services, he obviously is.
Monta Ellis would be blocking his route to the starting give with the Bucks, and Ellis is one of the NBA's marathon men.
Although he didn't play as much as normal last season, Ellis has averaged over 40 minutes per game during two of the past three seasons. Plus, Mike Dunleavy and Doron Lamb are both going to get minutes.
The Bucks are playoff contenders next year, but they're by no means locks to make it to the postseason in the Eastern Conference.
From a playing time perspective or a winning one, this isn't a good fit for Meeks.
2. Washington Wizards
The Washington Wizards are in a similar position to the Milwaukee Bucks. They're by no means playoff locks and may be playoff contenders if all goes according to plan.
However, Meeks would be able to get more playing time with the team in the nation's capital.
The shooting guard rotation is currently comprised of Jordan Crawford and Bradley Beal. Crawford is just awful (sorry, but I'm going to be blunt here) and Beal is only a rookie and needs time to develop.
A fairly established player at this stage of his career, Meeks would be a valuable part of the rotation and may even spend some time as a starter while Beal matures.
1. Los Angeles Lakers
You can find my full thoughts on Meeks going to the Los Angeles Lakers here, but here are the highlights.
Meeks would join Antawn Jamison as one of the leaders on the bench, and would be given the opportunity to score plenty of points with the second unit.
However, the biggest benefit of signing with the Lakers would be a chance to win a title, an opportunity that he would not be given with the Wizards or Bucks.
The Lakers have one of the best starting fives in the league and the bench would be solid with the addition of Meeks.
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