According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Washington Wizards guard, Jodie Meeks, has picked up his player option for the 2018-19 NBA season. Meeks will make $3.4 million next season as a result of taking the player option and forgoing unrestricted free agency.
Jodie Meeks has picked up his option for the 2018-19 season with the Wizards, league source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 12, 2018
The former Kentucky guard was suspended 25 games back on April 13th for violating the NBA’s anti-drug program and he served only six of those 25 games before the Wizards were beaten in the first round of the playoffs by the Toronto Raptors. Meeks wouldn’t have been much of a hot commodity on the open market this offseason, mainly because he was not all that effective last season but also because of the suspension. He likely wouldn’t have been able to maneuver his way into a larger contract and in picking up for this season, he’ll give himself an opportunity to excel next year and prove he’s worth a larger contract next offseason.
Meeks was solid off the bench for the Wizards, averaging 6.3 points per game while shooting 34.3 percent from the field in 14.5 minutes per game. At 30 years old, there isn’t much more Meeks can provide other than off-the-bench shooting from the perimeter, but that’s something this Wizards squad could use for next season. Meeks picking up his option makes sense for both himself and the Wizards. Get that money, Jodie.