Emerging from the rubble of the Lakers' worst season since moving to Los Angeles was the story of someone who shall inherit the earth.

Or at least a really nice pay raise.

Jodie Meeks has been the Lakers' most consistent player, managing to avoid serious injury and continually putting in an honest night's work during a dreadful season for the franchise.

He is averaging a career-best 15.6 points, almost double his output last season, but faces the same off-season question as almost everyone on the roster.

Will he be back?

The Lakers are interested in Meeks, 26, a soon-to-be free agent who is paid $1.6 million in a league whose average salary is $5.5 million. He's interested in them, too.

"When I signed here two years ago, I told my family that I would love to be here the rest of my career," Meeks said. "Learning from great players — Kobe [Bryant], Pau Gasol, and at the time, Dwight [Howard], Steve Nash. Obviously, I want to be here and it's a great organization and I love playing here.

"But on the flip side it's a business. Both sides have to do what they do."

The video clips his agent needs to send the Lakers came last month — Meeks dropping a career-high 42 points against Oklahoma City and outscoring Kevin Durant by 15 points in a surprising 114-110 Lakers victory. He made 11 of 18 shots that game, including six three-point baskets and all 14 of his free throws. He also had four steals.

More recently, he had 30 points against Houston on Tuesday but the end result was familiar — a 145-130 Lakers loss.

"I wish it could translate into some wins," he said. "I feel like I'm playing as hard as I can every night. If we were winning, it would be great."

Part of Meeks' career year has been season-long injuries to Bryant and Nash, not to mention absences of 18 games by Nick Young and 19 by Gasol. Someone has to score on this team.