Getting Meeks for a reported three years and $19 million would fill Detroit’s biggest hole — a 3-point shooter. Meeks, who turns 27 in August is a 37.6 percent shooter from behind the arc in his five-year career and topped 40 percent last season with the Lakers.
He started 70 games for Los Angeles as a shooting guard, and will be expected to move into the same role with Detroit. That would allow Kyle Singler to play small forward, with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope serving as the third man in a wing rotation.
Van Gundy had addressed that need before the draft, pointing out that Singler and Caldwell-Pope were the only wings on the roster, and he wasn’t able to do anything about it with the 38th pick, selecting Colorado point guard Spencer Dimwiddie. Dimwiddie is big enough to possibly play shooting guard in the NBA with more experience, but he’s not even expected to start his career until at least Thanksgiving after tearing an ACL in January.
At 6-foot-7, Martin is a little bigger than Meeks, but is a similar player. He can play both wing positions, but has only started 15 games in a six-season career, and will probably begin training camp as the fourth option behind Meeks, Singler and Caldwell-Pope. He’s also a good 3-point shooter, hitting 38.3 percent in his career, but doesn’t bring many other things to the table.
The most intriguing report, and the one that certainly carries the highest possibility of confusion, is the offer sheet to Thomas. Although their names are spelled differently — Isaiah is the more common spelling — the younger Thomas has always been very aware of being a point guard with the same name as one of the greatest to ever play his position. After all, he received his name after his father lost a bet that his beloved Lakers would beat the Pistons again in the 1989 NBA Finals.
Thomas is also regularly booed at Madison Square Garden, where his namesake failed badly in his attempt to rebuild the Knicks.
Now, though, he would be expected to fill the gaps left by the disappointing play of Brandon Jennings. They are both scoring point guards, but Thomas hit over 50 percent of his two-point shots for the Kings last year, while Jennings was under 40 percent. Thomas is also considered more likely to stick with Van Gundy’s system late in games, while Jennings tended to stop moving the ball in the fourth quarter and focus on shooting.
The problem with Thomas, though, is that the Kings would have the option to match any offer sheet that he signs, and the Pistons are far from the only team that has shown interest in the 25-year-old.