The Los Angeles Lakers are in talks to sign Phoenix Suns’ forward Trevor Ariza in a bid to add depth to the squad.
According to ESPN, the Lakers plan to reach an agreement with the Suns and a third team that could take Kentavious Cadwell-Pope. The Suns reportedly are in search for a point guard plus a draft pick as the conditions for releasing Ariza.
Ariza, who once played with the Lakers, joined the Suns this offseason where he signed a one-year deal after a spell in Houston. His deal is worth $15 million, which isn’t bad for a veteran player who averages 10 points per game.
The Lakers face off with the Miami Heat on Monday night. And while the highlight will be a last meet up between Lebron James and Dwayne Wade, the team will be monitoring their players to evaluate just how much depth they need to add to the team.
The Lakers needs some boost in the wing but adding a forward like Ariza will still make a lot of sense to them. Ariza has the talent LA needs and he will be off the team next summer, relieving them off cap space in the process.
The only challenge in completing the deal is finding a third team that will be interested. If that’s done, both the Suns and the Lakers will have gotten what they were looking for.