Emerging from the rubble of the
Or at least a really nice pay raise.
He is averaging a career-best 15.6 points, almost double his output last season, but faces the same off-season question as almost everyone on the roster.
Will he be back?
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],
"But on the flip side it's a business. Both sides have to do what they do."
The video clips his agent needs to send the Lakers came last month — Meeks dropping a career-high 42 points against Oklahoma City and outscoring
More recently, he had 30 points against Houston on Tuesday but the end result was familiar — a 145-130 Lakers loss.
"I wish it could translate into some wins," he said. "I feel like I'm playing as hard as I can every night. If we were winning, it would be great."
Part of Meeks' career year has been season-long injuries to Bryant and Nash, not to mention absences of 18 games by Nick Young and 19 by Gasol. Someone has to score on this team.
But part of his success has been a new desire to take the ball to the basket instead of being typecast as a long-range shooter.
"He keeps improving," Coach
Young had 25 points in 30 minutes against
"He has to be consistent on the defense," he said. "On our team, somebody will score. Nick obviously has a special talent, but he has to be consistently able to be alert defensively. Sometimes he is and sometimes he isn't. He's a little bit like the team. He needs to take that next step."
Young, 28, holds a $1.2-million player option next season but is expected to decline it and become a free agent in July.