The Los Angeles Lakers have an open roster spot to fill after releasing Troy Daniels, with two different veterans competing for one spot.
On March 1, the Los Angeles Lakers waived Troy Daniels to open up a roster spot for a potential addition that could help the team in the playoffs. While Daniels was touted for his three-point shooting prior to the season, he was only averaging four points in 11 minutes per game this season with a 35.7 three-point percentage.
Daniels’ shooting did not translate to the Lakers, making him practically useless for the team, especially in the playoffs. With that in mind, the Lakers waived Daniels by March 1 to do him a favor and allow him to be playoff eligible for another team while also opening up a roster spot.
The team already filled one roster spot after waiving DeMarcus Cousins. The team brought in Markieff Morris, who thus far in four games, has had a decent impact. Morris is averaging 16.3 minutes per game with 6.8 points and 3.3 rebounds. He is shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc.
There appears to be two finalists for this roster spot that was just opened, with the competition being between J.R. Smith and Dion Waiters. Waiters worked out with the team on Monday, and according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Waiters impressed the Lakers.
Smith also worked out with the Lakers on Monday and the team reportedly is in no rush to add one of the veterans.
Eventually, the Lakers are going to sign one of these veterans, as it would be foolish for the team not to do so. With that in mind, we opted to break down the pros and cons of Waiters and Smith, and decide who the best fit really is.