Lakers Notes: Waiters, Smith, Davis, James

Shooting guard Dion Waiters had an impressive showing in his workout with the Lakers on Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic tweets. Waiters also met with coach Frank Vogel and front office executives Rob Pelinka and Kurt Rambis.

Waiters has had a trouble-filled season which included three team-imposed suspensions with the Heat. He was traded to the Grizzlies and then waived. A report surfaced last week that the Lakers would give Waiters a look. The Lakers opened up a roster spot on Sunday by waiving guard Troy Daniels.

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  • The team also brought in another veteran shooting guard, J.R. Smith, for a workout on Monday, Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reports. Smith had a casual conversation with Pelinka and Vogel after his workout. The team might look at more free agents and is in no hurry to fill the roster opening, Ganguli adds. Smith hasn’t appeared in an NBA game since November 2018.
  • The Anthony Davis blockbuster trade with New Orleans has turned into a a win-win situation, Andrew Lopez of ESPN notes. Davis has turned the Lakers into serious contenders for the title this season, while the Pelicans’ rebuild has been accelerated with the additions of Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, along with the multiple draft picks they acquired. Ingram will be a restricted free agent this offseason, while Ball and Hart will be eligible for extensions.
  • LeBron James offered high praise for the league’s top rookies after defeating both of their squads, Kyle Goon of the Orange County Register relays. James led Los Angeles to wins over Memphis and Ja Morant and a pair of victories over New Orleans and Zion Williamson“It’s a hell of a rookie class, I’ll tell you that,” James said. “These kids are special.”
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9 thoughts on “Lakers Notes: Waiters, Smith, Davis, James

    • doug.daniel243

      I don’t believe 2nd round picks have to sign for as long as 1st rounders. It’s more dependent on what the team offers in terms of length and if they extend him at some point eventually.

      • SheltonMatthews

        Doesn’t really matter since Hart was actually a first round pick. #30 by Utah and traded to LA.

    • Luke Adams

      Yeah that was misstated in the ESPN article. I’ve fixed our note on that.

  1. Chief Two Hands

    The fact that the Lakers with Daniels indicated that they were in waiters

    • jkoms57

      Interested in upgrading spot over Daniels doesnt mean automatically signing Dion.

      Will prob wait this out incase of injuries. Also JR Smith is real possibility

  2. Chief Two Hands

    Were confident in Waiters… haven’t had my coffee yet…that’s my excuse.

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