Published: Mon, December 10, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Lakers in talks with Suns to acquire Trevor Ariza

Lakers in talks with Suns to acquire Trevor Ariza

Looking to add a proven defender this season while also retaining cap flexibility this offseason, the Los Angeles Lakers are in talks to acquire Trevor Ariza from the Phoenix Suns, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday. You also cannot rule out Lakers forward Brandon Ingram and forward Michael Beasley being in a deal-reports show the Lakers have had their names in trade talks as of late.

According to Wojnarowski, the Lakers and Suns have been trying to include a third team that would acquire Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as part of a potentially larger deal.

The Suns and Lakers have reportedly made progess in third-team scenarios but an official agreement has yet to be made as both organzations continue to be active in multiple trade discussions throughout the National Basketball Association, sources told Wojnarowski.

The Suns, meanwhile, are seeking a guard and a draft pick in exchange for Ariza. He signed a one-year, $12 million pact last summer.

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Trevor Ariza likely figured his tenure with the Phoenix Suns would be short after signing a one-year, $15 million contract with the team in free agency this offseason, but he probably didn't think it would be this brief.

The Suns' 4-22 record and Ariza's expiring contract make him an attractive trade option for contending teams. He is now averaging 8.5 points in 21 minutes, as well as 38 percent shooting from the field and 34 percent on 3-point attempts.

Caldwell-Pope has only played 21.5 minutes per game this season, averaging 8.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.3 three-pointers per game on 38.6 percent shooting from the field and 34 percent from beyond the arc. General manager Rob Pelinka represented Ariza in his career as an agent before he joined Los Angeles' front office.

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