The Orlando Magic continued their roster additions on Wednesday, acquiring shooting guard Jodie Meeks from the Detroit Pistons for a conditional second-round pick in 2019. The Vertical's Shams Charania was the first to report the two teams were nearing an agreement. Meeks in on the final year of a three-year, $19.5 million dollar contract he signed with Detroit.
The 28-year-old three-point specialist has bounced around the league after being drafted out of Kentucky in 2010. His most productive season came as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2013-14, where he averaged 15.7 points per game and shot over 40 percent from three. If he can return to that form, Meeks would help shore up the Magic’s three-point woes.
Entering a free agency class witch many needs on the roster, Magic general manager Rob Hennigan opted to take a deal on a proven three-point shooter. Meeks is a career 37 percent shooter from beyond the arc.
The most recent incarnation of Meeks has been used sparingly, playing only 43 minutes last season due to injury. Meeks can space the floor, but his durability is a bit of a question mark, having played only 63 games over the past two seasons.
The addition of Meeks does give the Magic much needed depth in the backcourt, and still gives the team plenty of flexibility in free agency.