RUMOR: NBA executives believe Trevor Ariza to the Lakers is ‘going to happen’
ESPN reported over the weekend that the Lakers are trying to acquire Trevor Ariza from the Suns in a potential three-way trade. Ariza played for the Lakers for two seasons and won a championship in 2009 with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.
“In regard to Trevor Ariza going to the Lakers I’ve had a handful of NBA executives tell me that they’ve heard that’s going to happen, it’s done, it’s just a matter of everything else. Like figuring out what the rest of that deal is.”
Trevor Ariza signed a one-year, $15 million deal with the Suns in the offseason after spending the previous four seasons with the Houston Rockets. The 15-year veteran is averaging 9.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game this year while shooting 37.3 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 82.9 percent from the free-throw line.
The Suns currently have the worst record in the NBA at 4-23. Suns general manager James Jones already did a favor for LeBron James earlier this season when he waived veteran center Tyson Chandler, allowing Chandler to sign with the Lakers a few days later. It wouldn’t shock anyone if Ariza ends up on the Lakers shortly.