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Lakers Nation Free Agent Of The Week: Trevor Ariza

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With free agency a week away, we continue our look at potential targets for the Los Angeles Lakers. Our last edition featured Marcin Gortat, and this week, we focus our attention to his teammate, Trevor Ariza.

Age: 28
Height: 6-8
Weight: 200
Position: SF
2013-14 Statistics: 14.4 PTS, 6.2 REB, 1.6 STL, 45.6 FG%

Ariza played extremely well for the Washington Wizards during the 2013-14 NBA season. Aided by his veteran presence, the Wizards exceeded expectations and reached the second round of the playoffs.

The last year of his contract saw Ariza put him arguably the best numbers of his career. As an unrestricted free agent, Ariza will be able to join any team he wishes should they provide him the terms he wants.

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Offense

John Wall’s breakout year also paid dividends for Ariza’s offensive game. With Wall’s ability to attack the rim at will, Ariza made more three pointers this past season than he had in any previous season. His 2.3 per game average was the most on the Wizards.

Not only can Ariza make a number of threes a game, he can do so at an efficient rate. Ariza shot a career best 40.7 percent from beyond the arc. During the playoffs, he even improved his shooting and made 44.6 percent of his shots.

His ability to constantly hit a three helps in spreading out the defense and in turn allows point guards to get to the rim easier. While the philosophy may not be different than what the Lakers attempted to do last season, Ariza’s consistency beyond the arc would be welcomed.

Defense

For the majority of his career, Ariza has been considered to be one of the better perimeter defenders. Even though he has lost some quickness as he got older, Ariza can still matchup against opposing teams’ best wing players.

In addition, Ariza can still steal the ball extremely well. He can both guard ball handlers and play in the passing lanes with his 7’2″ wingspan. On the season, he was second on the Wizards in steals. Ariza helped the Wizards in becoming the fourth best team in causing turnovers over the year.

With the Lakers, he could easily become the team’s best defender and help set the tone for the rest of the team. Whoever becomes the new Laker coach will likely depend on Ariza and guide the defense if he were to return. Throughout the season, the Lakers struggled on the defensive end and

Contract Outlook

2013-14 Salary: $7,727,280

When Ariza last hit free agency, the Lakers believed he was worth the mid-level exception. His agent felt otherwise and when the Lakers went with Metta World Peace instead, Ariza got himself a nice contract with Houston. After stints with New Orleans and Washington, Ariza finally showed his value.

At this point of his career, Ariza will unlikely see a significant raise while getting a long term deal at the same time. He’s going to have to sacrifice one for the other.

Most offers sent his way will likely be a two or three year deal with a base salary of $7 million. If the Lakers are to make an offer to Ariza, a two year deal would be ideal in order to keep around for the remainder of Kobe Bryant’s contract.

Landing With Lakers Odds: 12 to 1

Ariza is not a stranger to Laker fans who remember him being a key contributor during the 2009 title run. After five years of improving his game, it is not out of the question that Ariza might look for a return to the Lakers.

The Wizards likely wouldn’t want to see Ariza leave especially after his strong performance during the playoffs. Considering Gortat is also an unrestricted free agent, it is conceivable that the Wizards would rather keep the big man. Martell Webster and Otto Porter are already on the Wizards roster with $10 million already committed to the pair of small forwards.

Any team trying to make a playoff push should definitely go after Ariza in July. He will have a number of offers with the Lakers possibly showing interest in bringing him back to Los Angeles.
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Russell Valenzuela graduated from UC Irvine and writes for Lakers Nation. As a Laker fan since childhood, he follows and tracks statistics for a variety of sports.

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  • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

    Should we pursue Deng or Ariza?

    • comrade24

      Ariza definitely put up better numbers than Deng last season, but i’m not sure that’s an accurate barometer to measure the two. Deng played on a dysfunctional Cavaliers team where he wasn’t used properly. It seems like both players are likely to play for different teams next year since Deng is surely not happy in Cleveland, and the Wizards have multiple free agents possibly leaving and two other SF’s under contract. I think either would be a great fit with the Lakers, will likely depend on which is available for what price. If the Lakers are able to pull a coup and somehow trade the 7th pick for Kyrie Irving (the pundits seem to think it’s possible) then i would go with Ariza since Irving and Deng didn’t seem to develop much on court chemistry.

    • Derek Clark

      No reason not to pursue both, even if we only wind up with one. It’s quite possible however that BOTH end up on the Lakers (I have a good roster where it works out financially).

      • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

        They both play SF, don’t they? Unless one of them is able to play the 2, but either way one player will have to be okay with coming off the bench.

        • Derek Clark

          Sure they do. Both Deng and Ariza are professionals and either one of them could start.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            Try are professionals, but why would either one take a back up role on a rebuilding squad when they will no doubtedly have offers for starting positions? If the Lakers were poised for a championship run, I could see it. But, were clearly not.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dion-Richardson/1201967847 Dion Richardson

      Ariza! L.A. is home and he’s already won a ring with the team.

  • Redemption4LA

    Always liked Trev, LA should’ve kept him the first time. He was young, athletic, quick defensively, and long bodied defender that could gaurd multiple positions. Also was a good finisher at the tim plus he hit the three ball. He ha big games in 09, and played well with Kobe defensively. Would’ve, could’ve, but damn they should’ve kept him the first time.

  • Nalin Shukla

    Lakers should trade the 7th pick for lebron and do a sign and trade with pau and get Kevin durant hire doc rivers in a sign and trade with Kupchak reverse veto the Chris Paul trade and trade the laker girls for Kevin love.. Now we have a contender

    • Badazztj12

      Why do we have fans like this?

    • comrade24

      lol i know you’re kidding but i’ve been seen almost as delusional posts on here that were dead serious.

      • Chrmngblly

        Yeah–and I thought you made a couple of them…:-)

        • comrade24

          not QUITE so unrealistic. i don’t think we have a chance at landing Kevin Love with a #7 pick. Still amazes me people think that’s going down, or one of these ridiculous sign and trade Pau scenarios.

          • Chrmngblly

            Guilty. Anyone but Monroe.

    • VillainKing

      Don’t trade the 7th pick dammit!!!and your post is the most impossible to happen..

    • Shilohdakota

      What kind of drugs are you taking?? lol

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      People are missing the humor here lol. I think he’s mocking some of the outlandish fan scenarios thrown around here.

  • LatarionMilton

    Bring back Trevor, we shouldnt ever let him go!!!!!

  • They call me Pringles

    You all know there’s no way we’re getting Ariza back. Not after the Wizard’s great season. He won’t be cheap and the Wiz will probably sign him a large salary that’ll keep him there for a couple more seasons. Remember, his agent David Lee and Mitch don’t get along. David Lee is Ariza and Bynum’s agent. David Lee’s a douche bag.

    • cyborgspider

      He’s with Rob Pelinka, Kobe’s agent. He fired the old one last season. Does that change your stance at all?

      PS Pay no mind to my previous post. I linked somewhere and it’s in approval limbo

      • They call me Pringles

        It’s nice to hear he fired that greedy douche bag David Lee. But I still don’t think that the Wizards will let go of one of their best scorers on the team that easily. I would expect him to get offered to resign for about 8-9M per year. Gortat will stay in Wash too.

        The Wiz will probably offer Singleton and or Webster in a trade that will clear up cap space.

    • comrade24

      The Wizards don’t actually have a lot of flexibility this offseason. They have to think about Beal and Wall’s future contracts so they can’t really spend big money on resigning Ariza. Also, Gortat will be a free agent as well and probably command a larger salary. The Wizards also have two other SF’s on salary so i’m sure they don’t want to let go of Ariza after the season they had, but just like Dallas dismanted their championship team in 2011 because of contracts and cap reasons, it appears that Washington is going to be forced to do the same. Since they have other players signed to lesser contracts at that position, it seems to me they’ll spend the money to keep Gortat and allow Ariza to walk unless they can convince him to resign at a reasonable rate.

      • wiz kids fan

        wall got his extension last offseason for like 5yrs 80mil so were set on him and the team has 1 yr options on brad beal for the next two seasons to try to work out a deal

        • cj

          try being the big word here. gortat is the player the wiz will go hard for arzia is like the iceing on the cake. sure they would love to get both back but in truth they will bring gortat back no matter the cost but they wont over spend to bring arzia back.

          • Chrmngblly

            Gortat’s just a journeyman, schlobo. Why do they need that guy?

          • cj

            hes a walking 15-8 before getting him the were a bad team after getting him the make the playoffs. he adds a lot to a team.

      • Chrmngblly

        Gortat’s not like Joakim Noah or anything. They could grab Kaman and get equal production. They will keep Trevor. I would.

  • get it right

    When Trevor Ariza was a Laker and had that tremendous season in 2008-2009 i thought to myself superstar in the making.He just had that perfect game for the triangle offense and he came up big for the Lakers all playoffs long.He was nothing but a kid with questionable game before he came to the Lakers.Then he blossomed as a Laker only to leave and barely be heard from again up until now coming off a decent season with the Wizards.Wow this is puzzling,did any of you think Trevor Ariza was looking like a future star as a Laker?Damn he played good for us.

  • BULL

    would love to see him back, highly doubt he would.. he is looking for the money!

    • cj

      with th new cba hes not going to get offers bigger then 7-8 mill a season unless someone overpays. so the lakers coming in at 5-7 mill range is not really underpaying him and if he wants to be a laker again he would take that deal.

  • Derek Clark

    While they’re at it, the Lakers should also consider Shannon Brown. Another guy that I wish we had never let go of.

    • cj

      unless its for a vets min no thank you X is a better player that can do anything brown can do an more.

      • Derek Clark

        *except for be a proven role player on an NBA Championship squad (twice).

        • cj

          he was behind sasha on the team. there is a really good reason hes not playing anymore.

          • Derek Clark

            … and neither is Sasha, so what’s your point? Brown got way more minutes than Sasha. He was the backup SG to Kobe. Brown averaged 13 mpg in the 2009 playoffs and 14 mpg in 2010, while Sasha averaged 10 mpg in the 2009 playoffs and only 7 mpg in 2010. Check that memory bro.

          • cj

            he got more pt because of the teams we played but it was sasha phil trusted to put into the end of game 7 not brown who was also a great freethrow shooter. x is younger cheaper and has more upside then brown at this point.

        • Chrmngblly

          Not willingly…:-)

  • Josh Stevenson

    Lakers should consider trading down for multiple picks(suns 14th x 18th), Lavine would be a nice PG fit, either get a SF,C, or a maybe a 6th man at any position if you don’t want to keep Young, wait for Love and Deandre Jordan in FA15

  • rebel

    Les roll with this team.Coach Lionel Hollins.

    PG Marcus Smart
    SG Kobe Bryant
    SF Trevor Ariza
    PF Carlos Boozer
    C Pau Gasol

    • Josh Stevenson

      why not keep Hill over Boozer

      • cj

        boozer will be amistyed so the lakers might get him for next to nothing. hill is going to want a 6+ mill deal that the lakers might not want to offer for a player that just cant stay healthy.

        • Josh Stevenson

          True but oddly enough D’antoni system seems to have everyone injury prone, not to mention Hill was a double double machine when he got a chance, I think he’s better than what we saw, plus Hollins would bring out the best in him, Hill would make that lineup a legitimate force until we can get Love, and a Deandre Jordan type C, and still bringing him off the bench in the future would be a big lift for us

          • cj

            i agree but theres no way i would pay over 6 mill for him untill he can prove he can stay healthy.

    • Chrmngblly

      I bet dollars to doughnuts that never happens.

    • carew10

      OLD team!!!ok to have 2 players over 30…but not 3!

      in every case i would:smart(or lavine)-bryant-ariza-deng-monroe.

      deng can play like a power forward.of course deng need to be happy to get 89M and not more!ariza 67M and monroe 1012.
      i think it’s impossible ehhehe

  • purp& goldpride

    I know the Lakers want cap for next season, but I truly believe they NEED to start spending THIS upcoming season ..FA don’t want to south on to a total rebuild project. Start spending some of that TWC money, and it will reap benefits later. We need to be competitive now.

    • Chrmngblly

      Well, we are not going to be that competitive. The rules are that you have to be under the cap one of 3 years or you can’t make any trades or receive any sign and trades. This is our year. We have to be under this year. After that, if we want to go over by 50 million, we can and just pay the tax.

  • purp& goldpride

    Nash 9.7 off the books next season, abd kobe off the books in 2016…the Lakers are in a prime position to add quality players for the next 3-4 years…if we play our cards right

    • cj

      all starts by not cutting nash. we dont want 3.2 mill on our books for the next 3 years

  • TJ Hooker

    Signing Ariza and Stephenson alone and we would be a better team. Drafting Marcus Smart and having Farmar being the backup and resigning Hill as a starting center.

    Hill, C
    Gasol, PF
    Ariza, SF
    Bryant, Stephenson
    Farmar, Smart

    • Badazztj12

      Stephenson is a starter to me

      • cj

        not over kobe.

        • Derek Clark

          Could start Stephenson at the 2 and Bryant at the 3. Although both need the ball to be effective so I’m not sure how that would work. Stephenson and Kobe might clash egos as well.

          • cj

            there would be no reason to bring in arzia and stephenson

  • Gemini Ac

    Signing Trevor Ariza is good..

  • Chrmngblly

    Why would he come here and why would we do that to him? Also, once Kobe moves over to the 3 we won’t need him there, plus we will have Aaron Gordon behind Kobe. It only makes sense. We need a Big.

  • justsaying

    As long as Nash is still in the roster next year, then no mater what we do we are not a contender. Nash contract must ends for us to have any kind of any chance at any thing.

  • Darren Delano Parkerson

    Draft Marcus Smart …… Jordon Farmar…………Steve Nash
    Kobe Bryant…………Jodie Meeks
    sign Trevor Ariza…………. Xavier Henry
    sign Luol Deng……………..Wesley Johnson
    reup Pau Gasol……………..Ryan Kelly…………….Rob Sacre

    what do you think

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