The Sixers obtained Meeks from the Bucks at the trade deadline in one of John Hammond's overly fiddly moves. (He trades away Meeks for no reason partway through his rookie year, but then trades a future second to bring in Chris Douglas-Roberts a few months later? What was wrong with Meeks?) Jodie instantly became one of the Sixers's best shooters, and in that respect he fills a need. He didn't get a huge amount of opportunity with Philly kast year, and probably won't do this year either for as long as Willie Green is around. However, Green's contract expires after this season. And once it does, if Meeks is still around, he might (ought) get the chance to take Green's place.
Milwaukee made another trade late in the day when they traded recent second round draft pick Jodie Meeks along with defunct big man Francisco Elson to Philadelphia in exchange for Primoz Brezec, Royal Ivey and an unprotected 2010 second round pick. They did this because in acquiring Salmons to go along with Jerry Stackhouse, Carlos Delfino and Charlie Bell, the Bucks had already acquired four potential shooting guard options to take any minute that Meeks might see. I don't know why any team needs all four of those very average and somewhat similar players at that one position, but Milwaukee decided that they do, which spelled the end for Meeks' opportunities. So a second rounder, trade exception and slight salary reduction is ample compensation.
Perhaps more importantly, they did the deal to get out from under Meeks' contract next season. He will only be earning the minimum salary, but it is guaranteed, and there's no point guaranteeing the future salary of a player to whom you can't guarantee a single minute of playing time. I would rather have Meeks than the second rounder, but with that depth chart, you can understand it. It's a good pickup for the Sixers, albeit the only pickup for the Sixers. Which is problematic.
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