Let the free agency shopping officially begin.
Stan Van Gundy has swooped in and landed one of his top targets this off-season. Former Laker Guard Jodie Meeks will be making his way to Detroit after his signing clears on July 10th.
According to Yahoo Sports Adrian Wojnarowski, Meeks is coming to Detroit on a three year 19 million dollar deal.
Jodie Meeks has agreed to a three-year, $19 million-plus contract with the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2014
Meeks had the best season of his career with Los Angeles last season — scoring 16 points per game while shooting 40% from beyond the arc.
Meeks officially will become the first Pistons signing during the Stan Van Gundy era.
He fills an obvious glaring hole in the Pistons offense that finished 29th in three point shooting last season.
There is no question that Meeks has developed his game since joining the Lakers two seasons ago.
Once known as a shooter, Meeks has added an ability to get to the rim since joining the Lakers.
Former Pistons head coach Doug Collins coached Meeks in Philadelphia and says the he is one of the fastest players he’s ever coached. He also stated several times during a broadcast last season (shown above) that he does the little things it takes to win.
It’ll be interesting to see how Meeks reacts to playing in a set offense, compared to the mess of a situation in Los Angeles that saw a lot of broken down plays. Stan Van Gundy’s offense is much more controlled than Mike D’Antoni ran things for the Lakers.
Yet it seems like Meeks has been the perfect fit all along.
How could he not be with how efficient of a scorer he’s developed into. Last season, Meeks held a true shooting percentage of 60% and a 55% effective field goal percentage. Meeks used 19% of the Lakers offensive plays while on the floor, turning the ball over just 10 times every 100 possessions.
Meeks has one of the quickest releases in the NBA and is a big weapon in the corners, where the Pistons struggled the most from downtown. Here is a look at Meeks’ shot chart from last season.
It would seem that Meeks would go into the summer as the starter at shooting guard, unless Kentavious Caldwell-Pope can prove that he deserves the spot over Meeks. The Pistons could also decide to play KCP at small forward when the 6’4″ Meeks is on the floor.
We’ll have more on the Meeks signing as it develops.