Jodie Meeks, Wizards Reportedly Agree on 2-Year, $7 Million Contract

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2017

Orlando Magic's Jodie Meeks (20) makes a move to get past Detroit Pistons' Darrun Hilliard during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 24, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Orlando won 115-87. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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The Washington Wizards and free-agent guard Jodie Meeks agreed to a two-year, $7 million contract Sunday, and he should serve as a backup behind Bradley Beal.

Shams Charania of The Vertical reported the news.

Meeks, 29, spent last season with the Orlando Magic. He averaged 9.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per night in 36 games, including 10 starts, shooting 40.9 percent from three-point range.

Meeks dislocated the thumb in his shooting hand in January, which cost him 26 games, and he missed the first 19 games of the season while recovering from offseason foot surgery.

The Wizards, who entered this offseason with the hope of adding another star to pair with John Wall and Beal, are likely heading toward sticking with the status quo in 2017-18. Their top priority after missing out on the Paul George sweepstakes is re-signing restricted free agent Otto Porter Jr. and filling out the rest of the roster.

Adding Meeks on a low-cost deal will help shore up the backcourt. As long as he can stay on the court, Meeks is a perfectly fine backup shooting guard.

The Wizards still need to hammer out a deal with Porter, add another big and perhaps sign a backup wing, but still, the 2017-18 team will look a lot like the 49-win bunch from last season.


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