The NBA trade deadline is next Thursday, February 8, so it’s time to believe that there’s a grain of truth in every rumor you hear. But you also have to acknowledge that most rumors never play out.
According to Candace Buckner of The Washington Post on Saturday morning, Jodie Meeks’ representatives have requested a trade from the Wizards due to his lack of playing time.
Five days until the deadline & I’m hearing that Jodie Meeks’ camp would welcome a trade in search of a more prominent role on another team.— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) February 3, 2018
Meeks came to the #Wizards to be Bradley Beal’s backup but recently has collected DNPs.
Like Buckner noted, Meeks came to Washington to serve primarily as a backup shooting guard to Bradley Beal. He’s averaged 9.5 points a game throughout his NBA career. Meeks’ best season was in 2013-14 when he played for the Lakers and averaged 15.7 points per game. He shot 46.3 percent from the field, and over 40 percent from three, all career highs.
Since then, Meeks has regressed, This season, he’s only averaged 6.1 points a game and shot 36.8 percent from the field. Meeks has also racked up three DNP-Coach’s decisions in January though he otherwise has been physically able to play.
The Wizards signed Meeks to a two-year contract worth $7 million, but it’s unlikely that the Wizards will get a significant veteran playmaker in return should they trade him. We’ll see what happens, and what assets the Wizards could get in return for Meeks if he is traded by next week.