Lakers will need to step up and pay Ariza to keep him here. Will Lamar, who has already been paid, take the paycut to keep this team together? Tough decisions lie ahead.
Press Enterprise: Trevor Ariza’s agent David Lee said Monday that the Lakers won’t receive a hometown discount from his client.
Lee declined to reveal how much of a raise Ariza will seek when he becomes an unrestricted free agent, but he said his client should make him the most coveted wing player on the market.
Among the teams Lee expects to pursue Ariza are Detroit, Portland and Toronto.
“It’s a question of how committed the Lakers are to competing again,” Lee said. “If everyone else stood still, you could see what happens when a piece is missing, but the reality is teams out there are positioning themselves to be competitive. When other teams are getting better, you can’t afford to rest on your laurels.”