The trade can't be completed until December 15th because Ariza and Pope were signed in the summer as free agents.
Ariza, 33, signed a one-year deal with the Suns in the offseason. You also cannot rule out Lakers forward Brandon Ingram and forward Michael Beasley being in a deal-reports show the Lakers have had their names in trade talks as of late.
Now, the Lakers are rumored to be targeting a familiar face on the trade market: Phoenix Suns forward Trevor Ariza. Among the teams the 33-year-old Ariza has played for is the Lakers, with whom he won an National Basketball Association championship in 2009. The Suns are reportedly hoping to land a playmaking guard and draft pick in exchange for Ariza.
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The Lakers are dangling reserve guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a potential third team that would be able to address Phoenix's wants.
As for the Lakers, who will be back in action on Monday night when they host the Miami Heat (10:30 p.m. ET - Watch on FuboTV with NBATV extension), it's no surprise to see them trying to make a trade to bolster their team - especially on the wing. The 25-year-old is now signed to a one-year, $12 million contract. Ariza averaged 11.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists in Houston last year before joining the Suns over the summer on a one-year, $15 million deal. He signed a one-year, $12 million deal to return to the Lakers this season. "Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka represented Ariza in his career as an agent before he joined the Lakers' front office", according to Wojnarowski. The first is that Ariza remains a pretty solid player at age 33, now averaging 9.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.