It was announced on July 1 that the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed on a 1-year, $2.1 million deal with 27-year-old guard Troy Daniels. The news was first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic, then confirmed by Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times.
Daniels adds some much-needed shooting to a Lakers side that struggled in such department last season. With LeBron James and Anthony Davis offering huge threats on the inside, it was important to acquire some outside shooting.
Last season for the Phoenix Suns, Daniels averaged 6.2 points and 1.4 rebounds per game, on .411% shooting, .381% from 3-point land. While the last campaign may not have been the best of his 8-year career, Daniels has shot at a .400% rate in the professional ranks. Solidifying himself as a reliable 3-point threat.
Another important factor in the acquisition is that his $2.1 million contract counts as a veteran minimum deal and will not detract from the Lakers’ available salary. This is vital, especially as the purple and gold anxiously wait for Kawhi Leonard‘s free agency decision.
Overall, the 6-foot-4 guard is a welcomed addition to the Lakers’ rotation. He isn’t expected to set the world alight, but as long as he spreads the floor, and knocks down open 3-pointers, his job is done.
By Matt Evans (@mattyyyevans)