The Los Angeles Lakers have opened up a roster spot by waiving Troy Daniels and have several options to consider for that final roster spot.
Assuming this is the case again, I believe that these are the players that the team is considering or would greatly help the team as the playoffs are quickly approaching.
The first player is Dion Waiters. He is most likely to fill the spot as he is scheduled to work out with the team on Monday. Waiters would be capable of taking Avery Bradley’s starting position or be a great three and D player coming off the bench.
He is a good three-point shooter and can be a spark plug for the entire team. As long as Waiters can avoid the trouble that he found himself in previously, he would be a great addition to the Lakers.
The next player the Lakers should be targeting is Jamal Crawford. He is a multidimensional scorer and has gotten the opportunity to rest and train all season. Crawford is hungry for an NBA comeback and he would be an amazing fit for the Lakers.
His bench scoring would be just what the Lakers need for when LeBron James and Anthony Davis are off the court. He also has years of playoff experience that will be needed in what will be a difficult road to the finals.
The third potential player is Isaiah Thomas. In the right scenario, Thomas has the potential to turn back the clock and be the “King of the Fourth Quarter” that he was with the Boston Celtics.
However, he is a ball-dominant guard, which would not mesh well with the team unless Thomas came off the bench in the role of a bench scorer. Also, because of his height, he becomes a defensive liability and the target of pick and rolls from opposing teams.
Another option for the Lakers is Lance Stephenson. He was a part of the team last year and was a three and D player, which a team can never have too many of.
Stephenson in his prime was an elite defender and an absolute pest to the opposing team. He can be a spark plug for the Lakers and was a fan favorite last year.
J.R. Smith is another player that has been heavily rumored to be looked at by the Los Angeles Lakers. He already has a lot of chemistry and playing experience with LeBron. Smith is also one of the greatest three-point shooters of all time.
On top of this, he is another high-energy player on both sides of the ball. The only downside with Smith is his on-court decision making. However, Smith has won on a LeBron-led team before and it is very feasible that he could help the Lakers.