It took two attempts but the Suns struck a deal to part with veteran swingman Trevor Ariza, dealing him to the Wizards for Kelly Oubre and Austin Rivers. However, after a three-team deal cratered on Friday, Suns re-engaged the Lakers in trade talks, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
As we relayed earlier today, the Lakers were “eager” to acquire Ariza as he and agent Aaron Mintz tried to a broker a deal that would land him in purple and gold. The Lakers were unwilling to include one of their core players and the Suns moved on to complete a deal with Washington, Wojnarowski added.
Also, Suns owner Robert Sarver was reportedly reluctant to strike a deal with the Lakers after criticism that the buyout of Tyson Chandler created a clear path to Hollywood for the veteran center.
Given Ariza’s age (33) and his expiring deal, it’s understandable why Los Angeles elected to keep their young players for the time being. It’s been reported that the Lakers are unwilling to part with Lonzo Ball in trade talks. It would be fair to state that in addition to Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and other young standouts are off limits for the time being.