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Lakers News: Jodie Meeks wants to sign a long-term deal with the Lakers

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Jodie Meeks #20 talks with Steve Blake #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on November 27, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Jodie Meeks #20 talks with Steve Blake #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on November 27, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Heading into the summer of 2014, the Los Angeles Lakers will have some major decisions in terms of which players will be coming and going. Although he's been given no indication if he'll be re-sign by the Lakers, Jodie Meeks wants to stay in Los Angeles long-term according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News on Feb. 1:

“I like the city and love it here,” said Meeks. “The coaching staff is great and it’s a storied organization. I always pictured playing in a organization that’s prideful about winning. I love it here and hope I can stay a long time.”

Currently, the Lakers only have five players under contract for next season. Kobe Bryant, Robert Sacre (non-guaranteed), Steve Nash, Kendall Marshall (non-guaranteed) and Nick Young (player option) are the only players expected to return for the 2014-15 NBA season. Although there's no doubt Bryant will be back, Young may take a bigger offer elsewhere, Nash may retire while Marshall and Sacre's contracts are not guaranteed.

With that being said, anything can happen between now and the start of next season.

Fortunately for Meeks, the veteran guard is having a career year with the Lakers. Meeks is currently averaging 14.7 points per game while shooting an impressive 41 percent from distance.

The Lakers may be struggling to pull out wins night in and night out, but Meeks has definitely made a strong case to be retain by the team. It remains to be seen if the Lakers are willing to sign him to a long-term deal or simply bring him back on a one or two year deal.

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