Los Angeles Lakers are engaged in trying to acquire Phoenix Sun's forward Trevor Ariza, league sources told ESPN.
The team has been working to reach an agreement with a third team that would take on the Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as part of a potentially bigger deal, league sources said.
Sunarna wants to land a game protection and a draft asset like Ariza's launch price, sources said. Phoenix and Los Angeles have made progress in third-stage scenarios, although no agreements are close and both teams continue to be active in several trade talks throughout the league, says sources.
No trade can be completed officially until Saturday when players like Ariza, signed in a summer-free agency, will be eligible to trade.
Ariza is one of the most important trading shares for the suns ̵
Caldwell Pope has the right to trade, but the Lakers have shown a willingness to work with their agent, Rich Paul, if there is an agreement that can increase its role and possibly get him signed a deal this summer with a new team, said league sources. Caldwell-Pope is on a contract of one year, $ 12 million.
Caldwell-Pope, 25, has seen his minutes drop along with his shot percentages from last season. He is on average 8.5 points in 21 minutes, including 38 percent total shooting and 34 percent on three pointers. He signed a year, $ 12 million deal to return to the Lakers this season.
Ariza signed a one-year $ 15 million deal with Phoenix this summer. Phoenix is spoiled with a 4-22 start of the season, remaining in pursuit of a guard that would allow the shooting shooter Devin Booker plays more consistently of the ball.
Ariza's outgoing contract allows the Lakers to keep the payroll's flexibility to the summer-free agency. Lakers general secretary Rob Pelinka represented Ariza in his career as an agent before joining the Lakers front office.
Ariza is on average 9.7 points, 5.5 returns and 3.3 helps this season.