According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns are making progress on a deal that would send Sun’s forward Trevor Ariza to the Lakers in a deal that would Lakers’ guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a third team.
Wojnarowski reports that the Suns are looking to acquire a playmaking guard and a draft asset. Such a deal wouldn’t be able to be finalized until Saturday at earliest, as both Trevor Ariza and KCP wouldn’t be able to be dealt until December 15th. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has the ability to veto any deal; however, the Lakers are optimistic that Klutch Sports agent Rich Paul will help KCP accept a trade if it means a larger role with the possibility of a long-term extension.
Ariza, who is on an expiring deal, would add to the Lakers’ abundance of forwards. However, adding the defensive wing would help bolster an already improved defense. Rumors had begun picking up on the Sun’s willingness to part with Ariza since last week, as Phoenix has continued to sink in the Western Conference.
KCP has seen his minutes and role shrink since the beginning of the season. He started as a starting guard for the team, only to now come off the bench. Although such a trade would separate Caldwell-Pope from fellow Klutch player LeBron James, an increased role with another team may be enticing.