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The Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of talks to acquire Trevor Ariza from the Phoenix Suns, according to a report.
The Lakers and the Suns have been attempting to reach a deal with a third team that would be willing to add Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The report says Phoenix wants to add a point guard and a draft pick for Ariza and that the Suns and Lakers have made some progress in adding a third team, though no agreements are imminent.
A trade cannot become official until Saturday, when players signed in free agency last summer — such as Ariza — become eligible to be traded.
Ariza, 33, is one of the most sought-after players on a Phoenix team that was bottomed out, having dropped 22 of its last 26 games.
Caldwell-Pope, 25, has veto powers on any trade, but the report indicates the Lakers have shown a willingness to work with his agent, Rich Paul, if there is a deal available to increase his minutes and possibly help him land a deal with a new team this summer.
Ariza, a key contributor on the NBA’s best regular-season team last season — the 65-win Houston Rockets — signed a one-year, $15 million contract with Phoenix last summer.
He is averaging 9.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists this season.
Caldwell-Pope’s minutes in Los Angeles have diminished this season and he is averaging 8.5 points in 21 minutes a game, shooting 38 percent from the field and 34 percent from deep. He signed a one-year, $12 million pact last summer.