The Los Angeles Lakers are participating in talks to try to acquire Trevor Ariza of the Phoenix Suns, league sources told ESPN.
The teams have worked to reach an agreement with a third team that would include the guard of the Lakers, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, as part of a potentially larger deal, league sources said.
The Suns want to get a game guard and a sketch feature like the Ariza download price, the sources said. Phoenix and Los Angeles advanced in the third-team scenarios, although there were no closed deals and both teams remain active in several commercial discussions during the league, the sources said.
No exchange can be officially concluded by Saturday, when players like Ariza, who have signed up for the free summer agency, are eligible to be traded.
Ariza is one of the Suns' most important business assets, losing 22 of its current 26 games, and its best chance to strengthen its defense zone and gain assets. Most of the teams in contention are interested in acquiring Ariza, 33, who was a major contributor to the Houston Rockets in recent seasons.
Caldwell-Pope has veto power in an exchange, but the Lakers have shown willingness to work with their agent, Rich Paul, if there is an agreement that could increase their role and possibly get them signed this summer with a new team sources of the league said. Caldwell-Pope has a one-year contract for $ 12 million.
Caldwell-Pope, 25, has seen his minutes drop along with his percentage of pitches last season. He averaged 8.5 points in 21 minutes, including 38% overall shooting and 34% triple shooting. He has signed a one-year contract and $ 12 million to return to the Lakers this season.
Ariza has signed a one-year, $ 15 million contract with Phoenix this summer. Phoenix is in turmoil with an early season of 4-22, looking for a guard to allow star guard Devin Booker to play more consistently off the ball.
Ariza's expired contract allows the Lakers to maintain the flexibility of the salary ceiling at the free summer agency. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka represented Ariza in his acting career before joining the Lakers headquarters.
Ariza has averaged 9.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists this season.