The Lakers are monitoring Trevor Ariza’s situation with Thunder
Trevor Ariza, who is now a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, is currently the record holder for being the most traded player in NBA history. This is not at all surprising considering how the 6-foot-8 swingman was traded no less than three times in a span of less than a week. As it turns out, however, Ariza might be on the move again, with the Los Angeles Lakers now showing interest in the 35-year-old veteran.
This report comes via Shams Charania of The Athletic:
The Lakers are monitoring Oklahoma City’s Trevor Ariza should he become free, sources say. As of now, both Ariza and George Hill are expected to begin the season on the Thunder roster. There is also interest in Hill’s services around the league.
Ariza, who ended last season with the Portland Trail Blazers, was traded to the Houston Rockets on Nov. 22 as part of the Robert Covington deal. A couple of days later, the Rockets sent Ariza to the Detroit Pistons in the Christian Wood trade. Finally, Ariza landed in OKC after a three-team trade with the Pistons and the Dallas Mavericks.
We’re not even sure if Ariza even bothered going to Houston or Detroit, but he appears to be in Oklahoma now. He shouldn’t get too comfortable, though, as he might just find himself packing his bags again.
Should Trevor Ariza end up with the defending champs, it will be his second stint with the Lakers. He spent a year and a half with the Purple & Gold a decade ago and was actually part of the 2009 championship squad.
In two seasons with the Lakers, Ariza managed to play in 106 games and averaged 8.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest.