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Los Angeles Lakers

Report: Los Angeles Lakers looking to acquire Trevor Ariza in trade

Trevor Ariza and LeBron James in an earlier Suns-Lakers matchup from this season.
Trevor Ariza and LeBron James in an earlier Suns-Lakers matchup from this season. (Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers have already acquired one veteran from the Phoenix Suns - Tyson Chandler - and now they are reportedly currently looking to acquire another in Trevor Ariza, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

According to the report, both teams are looking for a third team that would land the Lakers' backup shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. However, neither Ariza or Caldwell-Pope can be dealt until December 15, the date after which all free agents that signed contracts this past off-season become available.

With their star Devin Booker injured, Phoenix has lost 22 of their 26 games and are currently on an eight-game losing streak. The New York Times' Marc Stein had reported last week about the team's possible intention to trade the 2009 NBA Champion.

As per Wojnarowski's report, Phoenix is looking to acquire a playmaking guard and a draft asset from this deal.

Ariza currently averages 9.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in 24 games played. He would be a huge addition to the Lakers' current 9th-best defense and can be a legitimate three-point threat as well.

If this deal does go through, this won't be Ariza's first stint with the Lakers. He was previously with the team for one-and-half seasons, between 2007 and 2009, playing 106 games and being a key member of the team's 2009 Championship squad.

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