Trevor Ariza and Ron Artest to Switch Places?

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Trevor Ariza and Ron Artest to Switch Places?
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The World Famous LayupDrill Rumor Mill
7/2/09

The Lakers championship celebration may be officially over in a few days. Reports coming out of L.A indicate Trevor Ariza is likely to be leaving the champs and headed for a big payday this summer.

Both ESPN and Yahoo! reported that late last night Ariza was getting offers from the Raptors, Blazers, Rockets, and Clippers, and just a few hours ago, I received notice the Blazers prefer Ariza over Hedo Turkoglu, and would be willing to offer a five-year deal worth $40.5 million for the Lakers small forward.

If Ariza goes to Portland, Turkoglu would likely end up with the Raptors, who are only looking at offering a four-year deal to Hedo, in the $9-10 million range per year.

The Raptors may also be looking to add help in the paint for Chris Bosh, by the way of David Lee. It’s not certain Toronto wants to bring in two big contracts this summer, with the status of their all-star big man still up in the air next summer.

The Detroit Pistons may be making some big moves to get better quickly, but their coaching search might be tougher than they expected. ESPN reports Doug Collins has turned down the Pistons coaching job and now, as first reported here, Avery Johnson is the leading candidate. Don’t rule out Sam Mitchell as a last result.

It looks like the Ron Artest Rockets run is now over. Fox Sports Houston reports a source close to the situation stated Artest is looking to sign elsewhere. The Cavs are expected to go after Artest heavy, but don’t rule out Artest as a possible replacement to Odom or Ariza with the Lakers, as well as offers by the Spurs or Mavericks.

The Memphis Grizzlies may still be looking to improve their backcourt, with the potential addition of Mike Bibby. Bibby has seen the Atlanta Hawks revamp their backcourt, and the team may be looking to move on without the veteran point guard.

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