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Jan 25, 2024; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (26) dribbles up court
Jan 25, 2024; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (26) dribbles up court / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers didn't make additions at the trade deadline but that doesn't mean they won't find other ways to improve the roster.

Per Shams Charania, the Lakers are planning to sign guard Spencer Dinwiddie after he clears waivers.

Dinwiddie was just at Arena on Friday night with Lakers vice president Rob Pelinka to watch Los Angeles take on the New Orleans Pelicans. In addition to sitting with Pelinka, Dinwiddie and his representatives sat with Joey and Jesse Buss in a suite.

The 30-year-old was traded from the Brooklyn Nets to the Toronto Raptors but was waived soon after. Dinwiddie is from California so it's nice to head back home to play.

This season, the Colorado product averaged 12.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, and six assists in 48 games with the Nets.

LeBron James talked about what Dinwiddie would bring to Los Angeles after the matchup with New Orleans. "Playmaking, another ball handler, another shot-maker. Another guy, another veteran," James said. "Any time you can add a veteran with that ability, it helps. So we’ll see what happens.”

Anthony Davis also said Dinwiddie is a "well-established player.”

The 10-year guard has a nice relationship with D'Angelo Russell. The two played together in Brooklyn from 2017-2019. In the press conference with reporters after the win over the Pelicans on Friday, Russell said he's a fan of Dinwiddie.

Dinwiddie will provide the Lakers some much-needed insurance at the guard position. He can handle the rock and run the offense if needed. The 2014 second-round pick has the skillset to create his own shot as well.

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