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Lakers work out Tony Snell, Joe Wieskamp amid LeBron James’ injuries

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Lakers work out Tony Snell, Joe Wieskamp amid LeBron James' injuries
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Since LeBron James will miss the next two games due to injuries, the Los Angeles Lakers are hosting workouts for nine-year NBA veteran guard Tony Snell and second-year guard Joe Wieskamp.

“The Lakers held free-agent workouts with Joe Wieskamp and Tony Snell,” said Shams Charania of The Athletic. “Wieskamp was waived by the San Antonio Spurs out of training camp.”

A couple of NBA betting sites are now giving the Lakers the 20th-best odds to win the championship in 2023. Sportsbooks continue to drop their title odds as they accumulate more losses.

Through 601 career games, Snell has averaged 6.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.1 assists with six NBA teams. Plus, he’s shot 43.1% from the floor and 39.4% from outside the arc.

Snell was selected 20th overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 2013 NBA Draft. In his rookie season with the Bulls, the guard averaged 4.5 points and 1.6 boards in 77 appearances.

Lakers work out NBA veteran Tony Snell, second-year guard Joe Wieskamp while LeBron James rests his injuries

In October 2016, the Bulls traded Snell to the Milwaukee Bucks. During the 2016-17 season, in 80 starts, he recorded career highs of 8.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per contest.

On March 28, 2016, in the Bucks’ 118-108 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, the guard scored a career-high 26 points in 31 minutes. He finished 10-of-14 (71.4%) shooting from the field and 4-of-8 (50%) from downtown.

It should go without saying that the Lakers could use his perimeter shooting.

Last season, in 53 appearances split between the Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans, Snell logged 3.5 points and 1.9 boards while shooting 40.4% from the floor and 35.2% from 3-point range.

Additionally, Joe Wieskamp was selected 41st overall by the Spurs in the 2021 NBA Draft. In 29 games off the bench with San Antonio last season, the Iowa product averaged 2.1 points. But he’s still not a bad shooter.

As a rookie, Wieskamp shot 35.7% from the floor and 32.6% from long range.

On the other hand, Snell is a pretty good 3-point shooter, so a potential signing makes sense for this struggling Lakers’ team. After starting the season 2-9, the front office is considering all available options.

Nineteen-year veteran Carmelo Anthony remains a free agent as well. The 38-year-old forward last played for the Lakers last season. Off the bench, he’s a serviceable shooter. At this point, L.A. has nothing to lose by signing Anthony.

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James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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