Did Pistons overpay for Jodie Meeks?


Detroit Free Press

The buzz among agents and front-office executives during the NBA summer league this week is that the Detroit Pistons overpaid for free agent shooting guard Jodie Meeks.

Critics say that Meeks was a product of the Los Angeles Lakers' high-scoring system and isn't worth the three years and $19.5 million the Pistons agreed to July 1 - the first day of the NBA's free agency period.

Today marked the end of the NBA's moratorium and the first time the team could comment publicly on its free agency class of Meeks, swingman Cartier Martin and center Aaron Gray. Meeks will be formally introduced at a news conference Monday, when he arrives in town to complete physicals and sign his contract.

Pistons president of basketball operations and head coach Stan Van Gundy said today that Meeks was targeted, and the Pistons did what it took.

"You can always look at every deal and find people that got paid lower amounts of money or whatever, but you can also find people who got paid higher, so it comes down to individual situations and what you need and again, for us, he was the guy we made sure we got," Van Gundy said after the Pistons' summer-league team wrapped up its final practice of the week.

"I thought we had to be very aggressive early on to get that done, and we did that."

The Martin and Gray signings will come later so that the Pistons can retain salary cap flexibility for the time being.

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