Jodie Meeks, a free agent with the Sixers, considers the Lakers, Bucks and Wizards as the leading candidates to sign him this offseason. (Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
Philadelphia 76ers unrestricted free agent guard Jodie Meeks is testing the market and considers the Los Angeles Lakers to be one of three teams "at the forefront" to land him this summer, according to a report on Tuesday from Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.com:
“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.”
His days in Philadelphia seem to have come to an end; Meeks became a free agent on July 1 but hasn't received an offer yet from the Sixers. Meanwhile, the team brought in guard Nick Young from the Los Angeles Clippers on a one-year, $6 million deal.
“I loved playing in Philadelphia,” Meeks said. “It was a great city and I was there for two and a half years. I have nothing but great things to say about those guys. They gave me an opportunity to play and I wish them the best of luck.”
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 41st pick in the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft, Meeks has shown flashes of promise over the past two-and-a-half seasons with the Sixers. The former Kentucky Wildcat had his best year in 2010-11 during his third season in which he averaged 10.5 points on 43-percent shooting for the Sixers. Last season, he averaged 24 minutes per game and was named a starter by head coach Doug Collins for 50 of the 66 games in a shortened, lockout season.