Report: Ex-Cat Meeks signs with Lakers

August 10, 2012 

Jodie Meeks during his youth basketball camp at Bryan Station High School in Lexington, Ky., Friday, July 27, 2012. Photo by Matt Goins

MATT GOINS — Herald-Leader Buy Photo

Jodie Meeks went from free agent looking for a home to championship contender on Friday.

The former University of Kentucky All-American has accepted a two-year deal worth about $3 million to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Meeks, who played for the Philadelphia 76ers last season, joins a Lakers roster bolstered by Friday's blockbuster acquisition of Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard.

Meeks' presumed role will be to spell All-Star shooting guard Kobe Bryant and bolster the team's outside shooting.

The 6-foot-4 Meeks averaged 8.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 25 minutes a game last season, when he played in all 66 games, starting 50.

Meeks has made 37.1 percent of his three-point attempts during his four-year NBA career.

Meeks, a second-round draft pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2009, led the Southeastern Conference in scoring in his third and final season at UK, averaging 23.7 points per game. He holds the UK record for points in a game with 54 against Tennessee on Jan. 13, 2009.

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