Lakers sign sharpshooter Troy Daniels to one-year deal

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DENVER, CO - JANUARY 25: Troy Daniels #30 of the Phoenix Suns looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets on January 25, 2019 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. 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 2019 NBAE (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)

As the Los Angeles Lakers continue to stall on splurging in free agency as they await word on the status of Kawhi Leonard, the team decided to ink sharpshooter Troy Daniels to a one-year, $2.1M deal.

Daniels’ deal isn’t harsh on the Lakers so they still maintain the necessary financial flexibility to sign Leonard to a potential deal.

For a Los Angeles team that was 29th in three-point field goal percentage (33.3%) in the 2018-19 season, Daniels will give them a nice boost in the shooting department. As for anything else, Lakers fans shouldn’t expect much else from the 27-year-old.

Daniels spent last season with the Phoenix Suns, appearing in 51 games. He shot 38% from downtown on roughly four attempts per game.

Grabbing Daniels for what is assumed to be the veteran’s minimum is smart for a Lakers team that currently has a barren roster and knows they must prioritize shooting to flank the likes of LeBron James and Anthony Davis this upcoming season.

Meanwhile, the Lakers will continue to play the waiting game with this summers most prized free agent: Kawhi Leonard.

Los Angeles preserving their cap space may indicate that they feel strongly about their chances of snagging Leonard from the North, but we’ve yet to receive any word that would suggest which way Leonard is leaning.

For the Lakers, their hope is that they are given an indication soon, as the free agent market continues to shrink.

Yes, a team led by a Leonard/James/Davis trio would be the hands-down favorite to win the NBA title, but they still want to be able to border their stars with cheap, but quality, trustworthy veterans.

Regardless of what Leonard decides to do, Troy Daniels should prove to be a valuable rotational shooter for the Lakers this year.

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