We knew that Trevor Ariza would be one of the most serious candidates for a trade before the deadline. The trend is confirmed with the information obtained by Adrian Wojnarowski d’ESPN Sunday. The Los Angeles Lakers are currently in talks with the Phoenix Suns to get the 33-year-old winger back. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would be included in the package, with the goal of landing him in a third team that has yet to be invited to the negotiating table.
From next Saturday, players signed as free agents, like Ariza, can be traded. Last summer, he left the Houston Rockets to sign a short but juicy ($ 15 million) contract with the Suns. The mayonnaise hasn’t set and Trevor Ariza would welcome a move to a more competitive franchise. His expiring contract will also be an asset for the Lakers in view of the next free-agency
If the Lakers manage to close the deal, it will be a comeback for Ariza. Ten years ago, the former UCLA player actively participated in the Purple and Gold title acquired in the Finals against Orlando. Trevor Ariza was 23 years old. .