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The Wizards reached an agreement on a 2 year contract worth $7 million with free agent shooting guard Jodie Meeks, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.
The team used its bi-annual exception to sign Meeks. He is expected to be Bradley Beal’s primary backup. This most likely means Bojan Bogdanovic will not be returning to the Wizards. Now let’s look at Meeks and what he will bring to DC.
Meeks is 29 years old and an 8 year veteran out of the University of Kentucky. The biggest skill he brings with him is his outside shooting. Meeks has shot 37.6% on 4.1 attempts per game for his career, including canning 40.4% on 3.8 attempts per game last year as a member of the Orlando Magic. He also brings quick hands on defense, with a career average of 1.3 steals per 36 minutes.
The reason Meeks was available at a relatively cheap price is because of his recent injury problems. Over the past two years, he has only appeared in 39 games because of injuries to his right foot and shooting hand thumb. If he can stay healthy, this signing will be a huge steal for Washington.
I predict that Meeks will stay relatively healthy and play a key role as Beal’s primary backup as he attempts to help the ‘Zards reach the Eastern Conference Finals.
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(All stats via Basketball Reference)