Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Trevor Ariza Dealt To Lakers

By KS Wong
Bruin Basketball Report

The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired former UCLA Bruin Trevor Ariza from the Orlando Magic in exchange for forward Brian Cook and guard Maurice Evans, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

Ariza, a 6'8 forward in his 4th NBA season, averaged 8.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in 22.4 minutes per game last season with the Magic.

Under new Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy, Ariza had fallen out of the regular rotation, averaging 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds a game in just 10.5 minutes.

Ariza has struggled with nagging foot and leg injuries which limited him to an average of 57 games the past two season.

The Magic front office had been high on Ariza and were enamored with his defensive capabilities and potential. However after the team acquired forward Rashard Lewis via free-agency this summer, it seemingly made Ariza expendable.

Still just 22 years old, the former Bruin has good size, athleticism and gives the Lakers a much needed defensive presence on the wing.

Ariza was originally drafted by the New York Knicks with the 43rd overall pick in the second round of the 2004 NBA Draft. He was traded to the Magic during the 2006 season.

Its a homecoming for Ariza, he attended Westchester High School in Los Angeles and played one season at UCLA prior to entering the NBA. He averaged 11.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in his single season at Westwood.

Although Ariza had been recruited to UCLA by Steve Lavin, it was current head coach Ben Howland who coached him in his year at UCLA.

(photo credit: NBA)



At Nov 20, 2007, 7:47:00 AM, Anonymous shane said...

The Magic head coach is Stan not Jeff.

At Nov 20, 2007, 7:49:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ariza is a sick dunker - nice vid. Glad he's a Laker and we get to watch him grow and develop. He's really just 22!? Wow.

At Nov 20, 2007, 8:51:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

nice pick-up...

At Nov 20, 2007, 9:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just another Bruin who left too early.

At Nov 21, 2007, 12:57:00 AM, Anonymous Jack.B said...

"Just another Bruin who left too early."
Exactly right. If Ariza had stay at least another year or two under Coach Howland he wouldn't have been the fringe player he has been in the NBA - he'd be making millions more.!

At Nov 21, 2007, 2:49:00 AM, Anonymous WV Laker Fan said...

Perhaps if we can get him healthy, he can add an aspect to the Lakers that hasn't been seen in a long while...
The ability to play some "D"

At Nov 29, 2007, 1:55:00 AM, Anonymous Madison Laker Fan said...

Cook was okay but Evans too? Seems a bit steep for a guy that averages 3pts and 2 rebs a game. We don't have time to develop talent, we need help NOW! Ariza should be ready to be a 6th man by the time Kobe retires. We're waisting his talent...


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