Looking at third teams for a Lakers, Suns trade

Sherman Parsons
December 11, 2018

Ariza joined the Suns during the past offseason, so a trade cannot be completed officially until Saturday, as recently signed players can only become eligible to be traded three months after debuting for their new teams.

Ariza, 33, signed a one-year deal with the Suns in the offseason. In fact, there are said to be at least eight teams interested in his services, according to a report from John Gambadoro of 98.7 FM in Phoenix.

The Los Angeles Lakers are engaged in talks to try to acquire Phoenix Suns forward Trevor Ariza, league sources told ESPN. The third team would acquire Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the Lakers would get Ariza.

Over the past few seasons, the Los Angeles Lakers have established themselves as one of the most active and aggressive franchises in the National Basketball Association, vigorously pursuing both trades and free agent signings. Wojnarowski adds that the Suns want "a playmaking guard and a draft asset as the price of unloading Ariza". Caldwell-Pope also has the power to veto a trade, making the situation even more interesting. Sports to break down all of the complications with Caldwell-Pope's contract, as well as what kind of role agent Rich Paul could play if such a move is going to be made.

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Ariza is now on a one-year deal worth $15 million in his first year with the Suns after spending the last four with the Houston Rockets.

The Phoenix Suns have started 2018-19 as the NBA's worst team with a 4-22 record.

Ariza is averaging 9.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists this season.

Ariza's expiring contract would allow the Lakers to keep salary-cap flexibility into summer free agency.

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