Lakers News: Trevor Ariza Agrees to 1-year Contract for 2nd Stint with LA

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVAugust 2, 2021

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The Los Angeles Lakers agreed to a one-year deal with veteran wing Trevor Ariza, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

This will be his second run with the franchise after having played 106 games for L.A. across the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, helping the Lakers beat the Orlando Magic in the 2009 NBA Finals.

The 36-year-old began last year with the Oklahoma City Thunder but didn't make a single appearance for the team as OKC kicked off its rebuild.

Upon landing with the Miami Heat in March, he averaged 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds and shot 41.1 percent overall and 35.0 percent from beyond the arc.

Los Angeles' reported trade for Russell Westbrook isn't official just yet. When it goes through, general manager Rob Pelinka won't have much money to spend on outside additions.

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42

The Lakers are right at $130M in salary heading into the offseason. <br><br>Can still bring back their own free agents, including Alex Caruso and Talen Horton-Tucker.<br><br>LA will also have the $5.9M tax ML and vet minimum exception.

Along with Ariza, Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported the Lakers agreed to a deal with Wayne Ellington, and Wojnarowski reported Dwight Howard is on his way back as well.

As they fill out their roster. older veterans with one or two clear skills are the most obvious targets.

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA

Assuming the Ariza, Ellington, and Howard contracts are all for the minimum, solid start for the Lakers building around their three stars.

Ariza is a career 35.2 percent three-point shooter. While he's not an elite sharpshooter, he should help to space the floor a bit, something that is desperately needed when Westbrook, Anthony Davis and LeBron James are sharing the floor together.

The Miami native also held opponents to 36.9 percent shooting on threes and 34.5 percent on shots from more than 15 feet, per NBA.com. While he may no longer be an elite defender, he remains an asset on that end of the court.

In general, Ariza fits nicely in Los Angeles given how much things will be oriented around the franchise's three stars.


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