After they had already enjoyed the Phoenix Suns and said goodbye to one veteran, the Los Angeles Lakers may have returned to the well because they allegedly wanted to buy Trevor Ariza. The veteran swingman signed a one-year contract contract last year, $ 15 million.
Although a market for Tyson Chandler may not exist, hence the buy-out that takes place in November, there seems to be no shortage of interest in Ariza. With the Lakers who are looking for trade in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, they and the Sun's are not necessarily in line with a deal.
Phoenix reportedly rejected a proposal from three teams and thinks it is interested in Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma. The Lakers are not inclined to include their young core in an exchange for Ariza, but may be willing to do so for an established All-Star.
Meanwhile, the Lakers and Suns are still exploring options, despite possible non-alignment as ideal trading partners, according to Brad Turner of the L.A. Times:
The Lakers and Suns are continuing with trading scenarios that are logical for both teams.
The Houston Rockets have been identified as a possible landing spot for Caldwell-Pope and can play a key role in facilitating a trade between Los Angeles and Phoenix. Another obstacle to a possible deal is the no-trade clause and bonus from Caldwell-Pope in case it is traded.
After signing successive one-year contracts with the Lakers, he was granted the right to veto any deal. But Caldwell-Pope's representatives have reportedly started doing legwork for a trade that would put their client in a situation for more playing time.
Whatever the future may be for Ariza and Caldwell Pope, there will be no movement until Saturday when they – and others who signed contracts in 2018 NBA Free Agency – are eligible to be traded.