The Lakers reached an agreement with shooting guard Troy Daniels on a one-year deal worth $2.1 million.
Daniels is entering his seventh NBA season as a reserve player and spent the last two seasons with the Phoenix Suns. He averaged 18.3 minutes, 7.9 points and 1.5 rebounds in 130 games with Phoenix.
Because Daniels’ deal will be for the veteran’s minimum salary, it won’t affect the Lakers’ salary cap. They currently have about $32 million available in salary cap space and hope to use that to sign Kawhi Leonard. Should Leonard choose the Lakers, they will have a $4.767-million salary cap exception to give a player and will have to fill their roster with minimum-salary players.
Currently the Lakers have only two players from last season’s roster under contract for next season — LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma. The rest either will be traded for Anthony Davis on Saturday, when deals can become official, or were on one-year contracts.
While the Lakers reached out to several other free agents, especially guards, this weekend, they are not able to offer anything other than minimum deals until they have Leonard’s answer. Patrick Beverley will return to the Clippers on a three-year deal worth $40 million. Seth Curry is reportedly poised to sign with Dallas. Terrence Ross plans to re-sign with Orlando.
One player the Lakers have communicated with is Danny Green, according to a person familiar with their communications. Green, who was traded with Leonard from San Antonio to Toronto last summer, is waiting on Leonard’s decision before deciding whether to return to Toronto, according to the New York Times.
Miami first-round pick Tyler Herro scored 18 points and Duncan Robinson added 17 as the Heat’s summer league team beat the Lakers’ 106-79 in the first game of the California Classic in Sacramento.
Trey Mourning, the son of Heat legend Alonzo Mourning, was four for five from the floor and scored nine points in his pro debut for the Heat.
Rosco Allen scored 13 for the Lakers. Jordan Howard and Zach Norvell each scored 11.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.