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Trevor Ariza 2018: Is Former Houston Rockets Guard Coming to the Lakers? Is He a Good Fit?

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The Los Angeles Lakers are rumored to be eyeing Trevor Ariza and are actively trying to acquire him through a trade deal. Right now, that deal is supposedly still being ironed out and there’s still no official confirmation that the 33-year-old shooting guard/small forward will indeed be joining the Lakers’ roster.

But whispers around the league is still making its round on the web, the latest of which coming from Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer. “I’ll tell you what, though, okay: In regards to Trevor Ariza going to the Lakers, I’ve had a handful of NBA executives tell me they’ve heard that’s going to happen. It’s done, it’s just a matter of everything else, like figuring out what the rest of that deal is,” O’Connor said.

However, after his statement has been quoted by several people on the web, O’Connor backpedaled for a bit and cleared what he previously claimed. But rumors aside, fans and NBA analysts alike are asking if Trevor Ariza is a good fit with the Lakers.

Right now, the former Houston Rockets guard started the season rather slow but this seems to be due to the Phoenix Suns rather than Trevor Ariza himself. After all, when he was with the Houston Rockets, the 33-year-old was one of the most important factors why the team performed the way it did last year.

And this is because Trevor Ariza plays tremendous defense and is a threat beyond the arc. With Lebron James’ passing, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram’s penetrations, and Tyson Chandler and Javal McGee’s defense, Ariza’s presence could provide some space for the Lakers’ roster.

The problem is that his position will surely jeopardize the minutes of other players even if he does come off the bench. KCP and Josh Hart initially come to mind. The bottom line here is that the Lakers should only pursue Trevor Ariza if they can get him at a reasonable price.

Other than that, they shouldn’t sacrifice a lot of options in order to acquire the guard. After all, the Lakers aren’t expected to win this year anyway. What they’re currently doing is building and developing their young core. And if acquiring Trevor Ariza disrupts this process, then the Lakers should just wait for a better trade.

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