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Jodie Meeks ready to help Pistons on perimeter after handling increased role with Lakers

Detroit Pistons guard Jodie Meeks is followed by the media as he holds his new jersey at the team's practice facility in Auburn Hills, Mich., Monday, July 14, 2014. The Pistons hope he can provide some much-needed perimeter shooting this season under new coach Stan Van Gundy. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Pistons guard Jodie Meeks is followed by the media as he holds his new jersey at the team's practice facility in Auburn Hills, Mich., Monday, July 14, 2014. The Pistons hope he can provide some much-needed perimeter shooting this season under new coach Stan Van Gundy. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

The Detroit Pistons formally introduced guard Jodie Meeks on Monday after signing the free agent to a $19.5 million, three-year deal.

The Pistons hope Meeks will help bolster their perimeter shooting after he averaged a career-high 15.7 points last season for the Los Angeles Lakers, taking advantage of the opportunity that came about because of Kobe Bryant's injury problems.

Meeks has averaged 9.7 points over his five-year career.

Only one Detroit player in 2013-14 — Kyle Singler — shot over 34 percent from 3-point range while playing major minutes. The Pistons couldn't take advantage of big men Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith because of the team's inability to produce outside the paint.