Lakers acquire Ariza

The Lakers acquired forward Trevor Ariza from the Orlando Magic on Tuesday in exchange for reserve forwards Brian Cook and Maurice Evans.
Ariza, a 6-foot-8 native of Westchester who played one season at UCLA, has mostly been a bench player during his three-plus year NBA career with New York and Orlando
Ariza appeared in 11 games for the Magic this season, all off the bench, and averaged 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds in 10.5 minutes. Last season, Ariza averaged 8.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in 22.4 minutes.

It’s a swap of players looking for more-defined roles.
Cook, the Lakers’ first-round pick in 2003, never made much of an impact with the Lakers. At 6-9 he had obvious physical gifts but never played good enough defense to earn the trust of coach Phil Jackson.
Evans, acquired from Detroit in a trade before the 2006-07 season, was supposed to serve as a versatile backup but never found a defined role and had been slowed this season with lower-back pain.
In six games this season, Cook averaged 2.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in 11.7 minutes, while Evans, in seven games, averaged 4.4 points and 1.3 rebounds in 13.7 minutes.
In a press release, Orlando general manager Otis Smith said, “Trevor is a great talent and we certainly wish him well. … Brian helps bolster our frontcourt. He is a power forward who shoots the ball extremely well, while also bringing added toughness to our roster. Maurice is a tremendous athlete, a solid defender and capable of playing multiple positions.”

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  • HTP

    Evans was NOT signed as a free agent. He was acquired in a draft day trade with Detroit in exchange for a 2nd round pick and a trade exception.

  • Rich Hammond

    Thanks…made the fix.

  • richard

    I have seen the bookie nba lines
    (inside info) and the Lakers look like the have an excellent shot at winning or getting close.

    I think the new trade for Trevor Ariza finally brings a solid defensive player without giving up to much.
    in fact, not only can he run the court and play solid D he might even develop some O in the future. You never know.

    Its also nice to see players stand up and take blame for a sport that has long passed being a team sport.
    Deep down thats really why we love college hoops.

    Overall I like the Lakers chances this year. I think one game is zipo and to see players step up is a good
    feeling that should extend deep into the season.