The Toronto Raptors have signed veteran guard Jodie Meeks for the remainder of the 2018-19 season, the team announced on Tuesday:
Official: We’ve signed guard Jodie Meeks for the rest of the season.
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 26, 2019
The 31-year-old Meeks has bounced around the league across the past few seasons, failing to secure a long term contract since securing a three-year deal with the Detroit Pistons back in 2014. Since then, Meeks has played for the Orlando Magic and the Washington Wizards over the past two seasons before the Raptors signed him to a 10-day contract.
Meeks likely won’t play a large role for the Raptors once teams shrink their rotations for the playoffs, but he will provide a veteran locker room presence and reliable shooting option for a team looking to make a run for an NBA championship. The three-point specialist will likely be slotted behind Danny Green, Norman Powell, and Patrick McCaw in the team’s shooting guard corps.
Meeks’ best season came with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2013-14, serving as one of the team’s leading scoring options on the Kobe-less, 27-win team. He averaged 15.7 points and 2.5 rebounds on just over 40 percent from three-point range as the team’s third-leading scorer. The veteran had struggled to stay on the court following that season prior to playing in 77 games last season as a member of the Wizards.
Meeks could have a chance to solidify his future role with the team over the next few weeks, as the Raptors have already clinched a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.