It has been rumored for a while that the Los Angeles Lakers were interested in a deal to land Phoenix Suns star Trevor Ariza. Around the same time, rumors emerged that another Lakers trade plan – to offload Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – was also in the works.
But the latest reports seem to suggest that the Lakers have no intentions of letting go of any of their young stars for Ariza. A move involving KCP doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon, either.
According to Lakers insider Brad Turner, the Lakers have no interest in trading several young stars including Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma or Josh Hart in exchange for Ariza.
Per the report, the Suns turned down an unspecified three-team proposal that would have sent Ariza to the Lakers.
Lakers won’t surrender Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kyzma or Josh Hart to Suns for Trevor Ariza, source. Suns turned down a 3-team proposal, source. And 2 sources confirmed Rockets called Lakers 2 weeks ago about trading for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. No deal is imminent.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) December 12, 2018
Turner also noted that the Lakers received a call several weeks ago from the Houston Rockets inquiring about Caldwell-Pope, but no deal is forthcoming.
Ariza is on a one-year, $15 million contract with the Suns after spending the last few seasons with the Houston Rockets.
The Lakers are currently 17-10 on the NBA season.