The Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets are reportedly discussing a major NBA trade, according to a report by league insider Shams Charania.
Los Angeles, which is reportedly interested in trading for Phoenix Suns’ forward Trevor Ariza, could reportedly send Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to the Houston Rockets as part of a three-team deal.
“According to league sources, the Rockets have interest in KCP and could be part of a deal that would involve Trevor Ariza going to the Lakers,” he reports.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 12, 2018
The Rockets have been looking to upgrade their roster, especially in the form of a good-shooting wing player. KCP isn’t an elite shooter, but he could certainly help a Rockets’ team that’s gotten off to a bad start.
ESPN had reported earlier in the week that the Lakers had interest in Ariza:
The Los Angeles Lakers are engaged in talks to try to acquire Phoenix Suns forward Trevor Ariza, league sources told ESPN.
The teams have been working to reach an agreement with a third team that would take on Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as part of a potentially larger deal, league sources said.
The Suns want to land a playmaking guard and a draft asset as the price of unloading Ariza, sources said. Phoenix and Los Angeles have made progress in third-team scenarios, although no agreements are close and both teams remain active in multiple trade discussions throughout the league, sources said.
No trade can be completed officially until Saturday, when players who, like Ariza, were signed in summer free agency become eligible to be traded.
This Saturday, Dec. 15, is the first day when players who signed free agent contracts this summer can be traded.