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#1 LALDynasty

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Posted December 22, 2008 - 11:17 AM

Averaging career-highs in points (9.5 per game), assists (2.2 per game), and rebounds (5.2 per game), Lakers' forward Trevor Ariza is having the kind of year that any player would want as he faces free agency in the summer, which – in a weird way – might actually end up being a problem for the Lakers.

Along with Lamar Odom and Chris Mihm, Ariza's contract expires this summer. But unlike Odom or Mihm, Ariza's production dictates that he'll get a much bigger payday than the other two, one much larger than the 3-year, $9.3-million deal he signed in July 2006.

For his part, Ariza is doing what he can to end any speculation about his future. "It's still early in the season and we've got our minds focused on our team goals," he remarked his weekend. "When that time comes, I'll think about myself. But right now, I'm thinking about our team."

For the Lakers' front office, that decision might have to be made relatively sooner – as in within the next 60 days.

The Lakers are already scheduled to have a $78.3-million payroll next year after Odom, Ariza, and Mihm come off the books; that figure includes the partially-guaranteed deals for Josh Powell, Sun Yue, and DJ Mbenga.

Why does this all matter? Because if the team were to keep Ariza on the roster by giving him a nice long-term contract in the summer, he would cost the team an added dollar for every dollar he's slotted to be paid.

So the question becomes whether the Lakers need to consider moving Ariza now and getting something in return for him rather than having him price himself out of the team's budget in the summer. With his athleticism, talent, and production so far this season, Ariza almost certainly could bring in some talent for the Lakers.

"It is important for me to stay here, I think," Ariza told HOOPSWORLD. "This is a great team, a young team, and I see a lot of good things in the future."


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Posted December 22, 2008 - 11:18 AM

I would lock him up sooner than later.

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Posted December 22, 2008 - 11:21 AM

Jerry Buss has lots of busniess partners, tell them to cough up their parts to keep Ariza!

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Posted December 22, 2008 - 11:28 AM

I still say try starting him at the 3 and give him time with the Bench Mob.
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Posted December 22, 2008 - 11:47 AM

Unlike Andrew Bynum, who needed to earn his contract, Ariza should be signed to a long term deal sooner rather than later. He's leaves his game and heart on the court every game and has the potential to be Kobe's Scottie Pippen. I also agree that it is time to move him into the starting lineup and let him play 30-35 minutes every night. Kobe, Gasol, Fish and Ariza are the only players who we can count on for consistency game in and game out, so they should be logging in the most minutes.

Edited by Ken #1 Beloved, December 22, 2008 - 11:48 AM.


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Posted December 22, 2008 - 11:55 AM

Unlike Andrew Bynum, who needed to earn his contract, Ariza should be signed to a long term deal sooner rather than later. He's leaves his game and heart on the court every game and has the potential to be Kobe's Scottie Pippen. I also agree that it is time to move him into the starting lineup and let him play 30-35 minutes every night. Kobe, Gasol, Fish and Ariza are the only players who we can count on for consistency game in and game out, so they should be logging in the most minutes.


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Posted December 22, 2008 - 11:56 AM

Unlike Andrew Bynum, who needed to earn his contract, Ariza should be signed to a long term deal sooner rather than later. He's leaves his game and heart on the court every game and has the potential to be Kobe's Scottie Pippen. I also agree that it is time to move him into the starting lineup and let him play 30-35 minutes every night. Kobe, Gasol, Fish and Ariza are the only players who we can count on for consistency game in and game out, so they should be logging in the most minutes.



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Posted December 22, 2008 - 11:58 AM

How much is he worth, 5yrs 30mill? We do need to sign him back.
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Posted December 22, 2008 - 12:02 PM

How much is he worth, 5yrs 30mill? We do need to sign him back.


here's the real question though..would u Let Lamar walk and sign him back if we don't trade Lamar?
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Posted December 22, 2008 - 12:03 PM

here's the real question though..would u Let Lamar walk and sign him back if we don't trade Lamar?


Easily, Lamar won't be back at all.
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Posted December 22, 2008 - 12:03 PM

Easily, Lamar won't be back at all.


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Posted December 22, 2008 - 12:06 PM

here's the real question though..would u Let Lamar walk and sign him back if we don't trade Lamar?


Hell yes, I've had enough of Odom. I'd rather we trade him though....

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Posted December 22, 2008 - 12:11 PM

yeah we gonna lock up Ariza and Kobe

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Posted December 22, 2008 - 02:23 PM

We better keep Ariza. :o

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Posted December 22, 2008 - 02:55 PM

3 years, $15 million.

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Posted December 22, 2008 - 03:55 PM

3 years, $15 million.


He's only 23 and his talent is obvious. His outside shot will only improve and he obviously has a very high basketball IQ. He is an injury risk, but so was Andrew. Therefore, he's worth more than the 3/15 that Sasha got. Let's call Luke and Buzz Kill's contracts aberrations because if you want to compare Ariza to them he's worth what Bynum got. James Posey got a 4 year, 25 mil deal. That's about right.

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Posted December 22, 2008 - 05:18 PM

^ scootie pippen, he will never be, but 3 years 17 mil, with an option, i love the kid, he's local and hungry...plus he was a kid during those kobe and shaq years
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Posted December 22, 2008 - 07:04 PM

^ scootie pippen, he will never be, but 3 years 17 mil, with an option, i love the kid, he's local and hungry...plus he was a kid during those kobe and shaq years


Probably not, but he's only 23 and will get stronger, and will become a better outside shooter and even a better defender ... pretty much every aspect of his game will improve with his God-given gifts. Plus he has the right attitude.

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Posted December 22, 2008 - 08:16 PM

We better re-sign and extend Trevor, the guy is the definition of hustle. He also gets 75% of his points off hustle/broken plays, so he doesn't need the ball to score.

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Posted December 22, 2008 - 08:35 PM

Since last season I have been thinking this. Lock him up and late LO walk or trade.... Great talent, but just not hungry enough for this Lakerfan.. Trevor on the other hand never sleeps on any plays and keeps hustlin......
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