On Dec. 10, Beijing Time, Volkswagen reported that the Lakers had been discussing a deal with the Suns for Trevor Ariza.
According to Voshen, the Lakers and the Suns are already trying to pull in third-party teams to complete the Ariza deal, and the Lakers'point guard Pop will be the main bargaining chip.
According to sources, the Suns hope to get a point guard in Ariza's deal.
Although the Suns and the Lakers are far from reaching an agreement on a deal, they have made progress in introducing third-party teams, and the Suns and the Lakers are actively discussing several deals with other teams, respectively.
Since Ariza was a free agent signed this summer, he had to wait until December 15 to be traded.
Ariza is the Suns'most important bargaining chip, and most of the competitive teams in the league are interested in Ariza. In the past few years, Ariza has played an important role in the success of the Rockets.
It is reported that although Pop has the right to veto the deal, the Lakers are willing to work with his agent Ricky Paul if the deal increases Pop's playing time and gives him the chance to sign a new contract with the new team next summer.
This summer, Pope signed a $12 million contract with the Lakers, but his playing time this season has declined significantly and he has become a substitute.
Because Ariza is on expired contracts, this allows the Lakers to continue to maintain flexibility in salary space next summer.
It is worth mentioning that Ariza helped the Lakers win the championship in 2009, and the current general manager of the Lakers Palinka was Ariza's agent.
Ariza averaged 9.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists this season.