The Los Angeles Lakers made more roster changes on Sunday, as it was announced that the team was waiving guard Troy Daniels.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Sunday that the Los Angeles Lakers waived sharpshooting guard Troy Daniels from the team. This is an interesting move as it happened the day of the buyout deadline, meaning that any player that is bought out from March 1 forward can not take part in a playoff game.
The timing of the move makes it a very interesting move and makes me question why it was carried out. Daniels was a perfect fit for the team as he was an incredible shooter and a serviceable defender.
Similarly to releasing Demarcus Cousins, it makes me wonder if we will be seeing the Lakers acquire another player to fill the empty roster spot. The waiving of Daniels does leave the team with multiple options, however.
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They can either sign a player currently in free agency that can help the team now, wait to see if a team releases a player that can help the team in a playoff run, wait for a quality player to be bought out and stash him during the playoffs but have him for next year, or leave the roster spot open for when a new need becomes clear, an injury occurs, or they do not want to have an aged veteran play in extra games they are not required to play.
Rob Pelinka and the rest of the Los Angeles Lakers showed the class of the organization as they worked with Daniels and the rest of the league to make sure that he would have the opportunity to play with another team.
These actions, along with allowing Demarcus Cousins to train, use team doctors, practice, and recover with the team while he is injured after they waived him, shows how tight-knit the team is from top to bottom.
It is safe to assume that these actions would also be very appealing to upcoming free agents of all levels. Both superstar and veteran free agents would see how the organization treats their players and could potentially take a pay cut to play for an organization that treats their players exceptionally well and barring any drastic changes, are on a clear path to be championship contenders for years to come.
While the timing of this move is very questionable, I believe that it was a very smart move because the team has a chance to improve from it and the way that the team handled the move and worked with Daniels to make sure his career continues is very admirable and will be well-respected throughout the league.