Report: Lakers won't part with young core in Ariza deals
NBA.com Global on Dec 14, 2018 08:07 AM
PORTLAND, OR - OCTOBER 18: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against the Portland Trail Blazers on October 18, 2018 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
NBA.com staff report
Talk has been circulating of late about the Los Angeles Lakers having interest in trading for veteran Phoenix Suns forward Trevor Ariza. The 3-and-D swingman cannot be dealt until Dec. 15, and if the Lakers end up acquiring him up, they won't do so by dealing one of their key youngsters.
Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports the Lakers are not interested in trading away Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram or Josh Hart as a way to get Ariza from the Suns.
Here's more from Turner:
The Lakers have informed teams that have called about trade proposals that they will not give up any of their young core unless it’s for a superstar player, one person said.
The Suns were turned down when they sought to get one of the Lakers’ young players in exchange for Ariza, and Phoenix also rejected a three-team deal that was discussed with the Lakers.
The Lakers and Suns have continued to pursue trade scenarios that make sense for both teams.
Two people confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that the Lakers and Houston Rockets have been engaged as far back as two weeks ago about a deal for Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. No deal is imminent.
On Sunday (Monday, PHL time), ESPN reported the Lakers were searching for a third party to complete a multi-team trade that would send Ariza to Los Angeles. Per Turner, the Lakers remain very interested in acquiring Ariza and people close to Ariza have said he would like to return home and play for the Lakers again. (Ariza played for L.A. from 2007-09, winning an NBA title in '09.)
This season, Ariza is averaging 9.8 points, 5.5 rebounds 3.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game while making 35.3 percent of his three-pointers.