Report: Los Angeles Lakers waive Troy Daniels

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – JANUARY 11: Troy Daniels #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to play against the Oklahoma City Thunder on January 11, 2020 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers were always going to need to waive players if they wanted to claim other players off of the buyout market, as they have been operating with a full roster all season. For example, to acquire Markieff Morris they had to release the injured DeMarcus Cousins. Today was the final day for players to be waived to give them eligibility on joining a team to play for them in the playoffs, effectively being the deadline for waiving anyone in general as most of these deals are done with the good intention of getting a guy onto another team. The Lakers couldn’t do anything in that regard for the injured Boogie Cousins, but they may have given that ability to Troy Daniels just now, as they have reportedly waived the young guard that they had just signed this year (Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN with the report).

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN mentions that Tory Daniels’ agent expressed that the Lakers front office gave Daniels “optionality”, which insinuates that this decision was partly Daniels’ decision. Frank Vogel appears to confirm just as much in the below tweet from Tania Ganguli/LA Times. Daniels wanting to be waived isn’t too surprising, as he has not played due to coach’s decision in four of the last six games, with his two only appearances being from garbage time minutes.

The Lakers now have an open playoff spot, as they will possibly look to players who are currently free agents from other buyout situations. J.R. Smith is a possible player that the Lakers would target, as they’ve somewhat been connected with an obvious connection between Smith and LeBron James. Don’t be surprised if the Lakers maybe take a look at other free agents like Tyler Johnson and Allen Crabbe, as they could also potentially help the Lakers in a deep playoff run. Another, probably more likely player is Dion Waiters, who the Lakers were reported to be meeting with tomorrow, with Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN also confirming that the Lakers still plan to have a meeting at some point.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated on any potential signings as this week goes on.

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