Lakers Rumors: Jodie Meeks Would Be a Perfect Fit on the Los Angeles Bench

Adam Fromal@fromal09National NBA Featured ColumnistJuly 11, 2012

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The Los Angeles Lakers can go one of two ways with what little money they have remaining to spend on free agents. 

They can choose to either pick up a few older and established players on veteran's minimum contracts, or they can go searching for diamonds in the rough. Assuming they choose the latter path, Jodie Meeks is a perfect fit for the roster. 

According to HoopsWorld's Alex Kennedy, the Lakers have recognized this and are interested in the former Philadelphia 76er: 

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

Los Angeles' starting lineup is set, and they have a number of intriguing backups. At this point, they must attempt to get younger, and Meeks helps with that, considering the fact that he's only 24 years old and has already proven that he belongs on the NBA court in small doses. 

Meeks isn't a tremendous athlete, but he's not limited in that area, as he is when trying to play defense. 

His most impressive attribute is absolutely his perimeter shooting ability. Meeks is one of the better knock-down shooters from behind the three-point arc in all of the NBA. He made 36.5 percent of his shots from long range while taking four attempts per contest. 

With Steve Nash running the show, Meeks will look even more deadly from downtown. 

The Lakers don't need any more standouts—they just need quality role players who can knock down shots and help put this team over the top.

Meeks can fill the outside-shooting role quite well and give the Lakers even more of a benefit with his ability to draw contact on the rare occasions during which he ventures into the land of two-pointers.

Without much money left to spend, the Lakers must look to Meeks to get the most bang for their buck.