With news breaking that the Lakers will be waiving Troy Daniels, now might be a good time for the Houston Rockets to reunite with the sharpshooting guard.
With a handful of brilliant moves at the trade deadline, the Houston Rockets have moved up from possible contender to a serious threat for the NBA crown this season. By bringing in Jeff Green, DeMarre Carroll and Robert Covington, the team has established a firm identity as a swarming defensive force with a dominant offense to boot.
While the roster is firing on all cylinders, winning six straight and 10 of their last 12, there are always ways that any given team can be improved. So far, Daryl Morey and the Rockets are 3-for-3 in their mid-season moves, and adding veteran guard Troy Daniels could make it 4-for-4.
On Sunday evening, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news of the Los Angeles Lakers’ intent to part ways with the 3-point specialist:
Lakers will waive G Troy Daniels, agent Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tells ESPN. Two sides had been working together to find a solution that will give Daniels an opportunity elsewhere, and also give Lakers an open roster spot into March.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 1, 2020
With the Lakers having such a loaded roster, there simply hasn’t been enough room for Daniels, who was averaging just 11 minutes per game through 41 games played for the team. In his limited time this year, he’s averaged 4.2 points on 39.2 percent shooting and 35.7 percent shooting from downtown.
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Much like Robert Covington, Daniels started his career with the Rockets but hardly got a chance to showcase his skills early on. While RoCo showed up in just seven games before heading off to the Philadelphia 76ers, Daniels appeared in 22 games for Houston from 2013-2014 before being shipped off to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a deal that landed Corey Brewer in Houston.
Since then, Daniels had had stints in Charlotte, Memphis and Phoenix before landing on the Lakers to begin this season. Through his tenure in the league, the 6-4 guard has had four separate seasons in which he shot 40 percent or better from beyond the arc. Currently, the Rockets’ best 3-point shooter is Ben McLemore, at 39.5 percent.
The Rockets’ new and improved offensive system based on superior spacing and free-for-all shooting would be a great fit for a sniper like Troy.
Though he’s such an efficient shooter from the outside, he was only getting up one 3-point attempt per game with the Lakers. For comparison, there are only two Rockets on the roster that are attempting less than one three per game: Bruno Caboclo and Isaiah Hartenstein.
To make room for Daniels, the Rockets would need to waive someone from their current roster, which would likely be Chris Clemons or Hartenstein. As a team that heavily relies on accurate outside shooting, making the call to Daniels seems like a no-brainer.