Lakers, Suns talking three-team trade centered on Ariza

Suns forward Trevor Ariza was on his way to the Wizards on Friday ... until the trade was called off.

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.

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