Mar 9, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Jodie Meeks (20) drives to the basket against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers want to keep Jodie Meeks

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Los Angeles Lakers’ guard Jodie Meeks has been a bright spot for the Lakers as they suffer through one of the worst seasons in team history.

The Lakers would like to keep Meeks beyond the season and he would like to remain with the team, but he knows he is due for a serious raise.

Mike Bresnahan of The Los Angeles Times has the scoop.

The Lakers are interested in Meeks, 26, a soon-to-be free agent who is paid $1.6 million in a league whose average salary is $5.5 million. He’s interested in them, too.

“When I signed here two years ago, I told my family that I would love to be here the rest of my career,” Meeks said. “Learning from great players — Kobe [Bryant], Pau Gasol, and at the time, Dwight [Howard], Steve Nash. Obviously, I want to be here and it’s a great organization and I love playing here.

“But on the flip side it’s a business. Both sides have to do what they do.”

Meeks is averaging 15.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals per game this season.

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