The Phoenix Suns could very well make a trade with their rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement.
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.
"The teams have been working to reach an agreement with a third team that would take on Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as part of a potentially larger deal, league sources said". The Suns' desire, according to the report, is "to land a playmaking guard and a draft asset as the price of unloading Ariza".
The Suns have made it known they want to trade Ariza, who they signed to a one-year, $15 million contract with the team this past summer.
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. His rebound and assist numbers are both up from previous year - stats that would no doubt intrigue the Lakers. He eventually signed with the Lakers. With their recent win over the Memphis Grizzlies, the Lakers now have sole possession of the fifth spot in an extremely competitive Western Conference. Among the teams the 33-year-old Ariza has played for is the Lakers, with whom he won an National Basketball Association championship in 2009. Most contending teams are interested in acquiring Ariza, 33, who was an important contributor to the Houston Rockets in recent seasons.