According to multiple reports, the Lakers have apparently picked up the $1.55 million option on Jodie Meeks’ contract. He did play better defense than expected and showed good bursts of speed. However, he failed miserably at the one area where he was supposed to excel: three-point shooting, where he shot an average 35%.
Meeks doesn’t posses a whole lot of value on the trade market. However, with a salary near the veteran’s minimum and the quick release needed to potentially be a three-point marksman, there is a chance the right deal could come along and he could possibly be traded.
Chances Meeks Returns: 90%
Chris Duhon has never been a good point guard by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, he’s never even been an average point guard. The only reason the Lakers ever acquired him was because he was part of the Dwight Howard trade. Now, he is reaching the tail-end of his NBA career. With his contract only partially guaranteed for next year, the Lakers can release him and be contractually obligated to pay only a portion of his salary. Unless another team wants to trade for him, I don’t think there is any way Duhon plays out the last year of his contract, and trust me, no other teams are trading for him.
Chances Duhon Returns: 2%
Darius Morris is another one of the few athletic players left on the Lakers and unfortunately, he is an unrestricted free agent. Like most young players, he relies too much on his athleticism and has not developed a complete offensive game as of yet. However, Morris does posses good speed and quickness, as well as elite size for a point guard which allows him to be a more than capable defender.
There is no question he has potential, and there is a strong possibility one of the other 29 teams could take a flyer and swoop in to snatch him away from the Lakers. Just like Earl Clark, if the market for Morris gets too high, the Lakers might have to let him walk.