The Los Angeles Lakers are looking ahead to next season because they’ve been formally eliminated from playoff contention. The team is clearing a roster spot by removing Trevor Ariza, according to Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times.
Lakers have waived Trevor Ariza, opening a roster spot pic.twitter.com/wOEBSC2XLU
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) April 7, 2022
In 24 games this season, the well-traveled forward averaged 4.0 points and 3.4 rebounds for his 10th NBA franchise. He’s only appeared in two of the Lakers’ last 19 games, scoring six points in a row to end-March.
Ariza only had double-digit points twice this season, despite making 11 starts.
Ariza was a solid perimeter player for the Lakers in 2008-2009, appearing in 82 games. He has, however, spent the last four seasons with six different teams.
The Lakers may convert a younger player to an NBA contract or sign someone else before the season ends by dismissing Ariza. Los Angeles, who was eliminated from the play-in tournament due to a seven-game losing streak, still has three games left this season.
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This offseason, the Lakers will try to find lightning in a bottle at the bottom of their roster, even though they have more pressing concerns.