Shooting guard Jodie Meeks has informed the Wizards he will exercise his player option for the 2018-19 season, NBC Sports Washington has confirmed.
Meeks will make $3.5 million in the second and final year of his contract with the Wizards. He signed with the Wizards as a free agent in the summer of 2017.
Meeks, who turns 31 in August, averaged 6.3 points while shooting 39.9 percent from the field and 34.3 percent from three in his first season in Washington. He did not appear in the playoffs due to a 25-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs in April. Meeks will serve the final 19 games of that ban to begin the 2018-19 season.
Meeks opting in means the Wizards have 10 players under contract for next season. Power forward Jason Smith also exercised his player option in May.
The Wizards will need to add at least three players to their roster this offseason. They have two draft picks, one in each round, but little money to spend in free agency.
Meeks coming back will give him the opportunity to rebound from what was a rough first year with the Wizards. He shot a low percentage, asked for a trade in February and finished the year suspended.
Meeks picking up his player option was not surprising and the team expected him to do so. Given the controversies and the fact he will miss almost a quarter of next season, it would have been risky for him to test free agency. Now he can try to redeem himself and then look elsewhere. The Wizards certainly hope he can bounce back because they need help at backup shooting guard.
ESPN first reported the news of Meeks' decision.
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