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Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Jodie Meeks (20) shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) and small forward Perry Jones (3) during the second half at Staples Center. (Photo: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)
The Detroit Pistons officially announced Monday that it has signed free agent guard Jodie Meeks to a three-year contract. Though terms of the deal weren’t released, the Norcross grad will reportedly receive between $19 and $20 million.
Meeks, who will compete with Georgia product Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for the starting position at shooting guard, is expected to boost one of the NBA’s worst 3-point shooting teams last season. Detroit also has a new head coach and president of basketball operations, Stan Van Gundy.
“We’re pleased to welcome Jodie Meeks to the Pistons organization,” Pistons general manager Jeff Bower said. “Jodie’s approach to the game fits the style of basketball we want to play and his ability to shoot the ball from the outside is a skill that will help our team moving forward.”
The 6-4, 208-pound guard had a career year with the Lakers last season, averaging career highs in points (15.7), field goal percentage (46.3), 3-point percentage (40.1), rebounds (2.5), assists (1.8) and minutes (33.2). He started 7o games to fill the void left by the injured Kobe Bryant and scored a season-best 42 in a March victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Meeks has career averages of 9.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 24.3 minutes in 355 games (194 starts) while playing with the Lakers, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Milwaukee Bucks.
He was a second-round draft selection of the Milwaukee Bucks in 2009 after spending three years at Kentucky, where he averaged 15.4 points and set a single-season school record for 3-point field goals made (117). He averaged 23.7 points and 40.6 percent from 3-point range as a junior while setting Wildcat records for most points in a single-game (career-high 54) and most 3-pointers made in a single-game (10) during a 90-72 win over Tennessee. He recorded the nation’s top three college regular-season scoring efforts during the 2008-09 season (54, 46 and 45 points).