Jodie Meeks' tenure in Tinseltown didn't work out so well for the Los Angeles Lakers, though, the work he did therein paid off in spades for him. According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Meeks will sign a three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Detroit Pistons once the NBA's early-summer moratorium is lifted next week.
Meeks showed tremendous class in announcing his departure from the team:
Wanna say thank you to the Laker organization and the fans for a great 2 years! Loved every ounce of playing in La!— Jodie Meeks (@Jmeeks20) July 1, 2014
Just don't expect anyone in Lakerland to be caught weeping once he's officially gone. As solid and admirable a contributor as he was, Meeks would've been no better than Kobe Bryant's backup had he stayed in L.A. Surely, even the cap-flush Lakers weren't going to shell out that sort of scratch to a second-stringer.
It could be some time before the Lakers brass, led by Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss, hits the market in search of Meeks' replacement. They've currently got their sights set on a meeting with Carmelo Anthony and may well turn their attention toward retaining Pau Gasol shortly thereafter.
When the time comes, though, these five guys—some bargain-basement backups, other intriguing starting options next to the Black Mamba—could all factor into the Purple and Gold's plans.