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REPORT: Thunder interested in veteran guard Jodie Meeks

Seeking shooting and veteran fortification in the NBA free agency, the Oklahoma City Thunder have expressed “interest” in shooting guard Jodie Meeks, The Athletic’s Brett Dawson reports.

Meeks last played for the Toronto Raptors this past season — albeit only appearing in eight total games after signing with the now–league champs Raptors in February of 2019. Meeks would appear in 14 postseason games for Toronto, too, averaging only 4.7 minutes per contest.

Prior to his stint in Toronto, Meeks, 31 years old, played with the Washington Wizards during the 2017-18 season. The NBA issued the veteran guard a 25-game suspension, however, in April of 2018, preventing Meeks from participating in the playoffs.

Meeks attended the University of Kentucky for three collegiate seasons of NCAA before entering the NBA draft. The Milwaukee Bucks selected the 6-foot-4 Meeks with the 11th pick in the second round (41st overall) of the 2009 draft. Meeks was traded during his rookie year to the Philadelphia 76ers at the trade deadline in 2010. Meeks would later have stints with the Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, and Orlando Magic before finding himself on the Wizards and Raptors.

He was waived by the Bucks in 2018 in a trade with Washington before reaching initially a 10-day deal with Toronto. Meeks made $3.4 million last season prior to his contract with the Raptors.

In his 10-year NBA tenure, Meeks has averaged 9.3 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game in 539 career contests while shooting 42% from the floor, 37.3% from three-point range, and 87.9% from the free throw line. He’s known as a solid spot-up shooter from the perimeter.

For the Thunder, who also re-signed center Nerlens Noel, they’re attempting to surround key contributors Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Steven Adams with a solid supporting cast of athletes who can complement the stars’ skill sets.