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Lakers could choose to keep final roster spot open instead of inking Kyle Korver

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Many have been left wondering what’s taken so long for veteran sharpshooter Kyle Korver to reunite with former teammate LeBron James with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 38-year-old was waived by the Phoenix Suns on July 8 after first being part of a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies, landing there from a blockbuster swap that sent Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz.

It’s now been more than a week since Korver cleared waivers, yet this reunion isn’t anywhere close to happening just yet. According to ESPN’s Kevin Pelton, the Lakers might just value flexibility more than than adding another shooter to the roster, choosing to keep an open spot for the buyout market for the latter part of the 2019-20 season.

Unlike last season, the Lakers have loaded themselves with shooters: re-signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and adding Avery Bradley, Danny Green, Jared Dudley, Quinn Cook, and most recently Troy Daniels.

Los Angeles is currently eight-deep at the wing and Korver would just add to to that number, forcing new coach Frank Vogel to juggle all these minutes to make most of these veterans happy.

Make no mistake, there is room for a shooter of Korver’s pedigree in the NBA, but the Lakers were trigger-happy with their signings after Kawhi Leonard chose the L.A. Clippers, and quickly loaded up the wing in fear of missing out on shooters.

Korver was still on waivers at the time and would not have come for cheap if claimed, making the purple and gold opt for a different look.