Trevor Ariza finds right fit with the Lakers

L.A. Times: The Lakers are looking for redemption in the NBA Finals. In many ways, so is Trevor Ariza.

The Lakers’ starting small forward was jettisoned by the Orlando Magic in November 2007, deemed a non-fit for an offense that required shooters, not stoppers, under the system of newly hired Coach Stan Van Gundy.

The Lakers saw a hint of potential in Ariza and sent Brian Cook and Maurice Evans to the Magic for Ariza, a trade that surprised several Lakers players who were close to Cook and Evans.

Orlando seemed torn. A story in the Orlando Sentinel the day of the trade referred to Ariza as a “promising player” and quoted Magic General Manager Otis Smith as saying “He’s one of ‘my kids.’ ”

Van Gundy, however, was less fond of Ariza in his comments.

“Trevor was in a tough situation,” he said at the time. “I hope he finds the right situation. I think it was a good move for us.”

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  • sketch

    Stan’s comments are gonna come back and bite him in his fat @$$! The great thing about this series for Ariza is that it’s gonna be home court advantage for him no matter what! He came from Orlando in a great trade that Mitch pulled off for Maurice Evans and Brian Cook! We more than took advantage in that trade there!

    GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • YellowPurpleFever

    Ariza will show Stan what he is made of on Thursday. BTW I saw Brian Cook with his family at Dennys last Sunday in O.C. I didnot say “Hi” cause he just lost to the Lakers. Dude was tall but really skinny.

  • rzebro

    Trevor is a TESCO version of Kobe (with hi quality defence) – i enjoy watching him play. He is so athletic and so good shooting also, that we might have another superstar if Phill give him a hard time :).

  • Kobe8

    Another great trade by Mitch. He messed up when he traded Caron Butler for Kwame Brown but ever since he’s done great bringing Trevor, Pau & Shannon Brown.

  • WifelovesLuke

    Van Gundy was just stating the obvious back in 07′. Trevor was not a good fit for the Orlando offensive scheme and his outside shot had not developed. It wasn’t until Ariza’s foot injury that he really worked hard on his outside shooting. All good slashers who want to have long and productive careers in the NBA have to the ability to shoot the ball from outside. In the end, things worked out for the best.

  • GETLEBRON.COM

    Ariza will leave LA and chase the money. He should go to Denver in my opinion.

  • 123kid

    ^i think your confused between opinion and dreams. mitch is gonna keep ariza by any means necessary.

  • gugy

    Ariza is a must sign for Lakers this off season amd we also should do everything to keep Shannon Brown,
    As for Lamar, it will all depend of his performance on these finals. If he indeed becomes the Xfactor and a huge plus for us, Mitch should look in a way to re-sign him alongside Ariza and Brown.
    For sure Sasha must go and Luke, even though he played really well game 6 against Denver.

  • LakersFirst

    [Comment ID #74139 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Why would Ariza go to Denver?

    1) With the Lakers, Ariza starts. With Denver, he would back up Carmelo Anthony.

    2) Denver doesn’t have the money to sign Ariza as they are right around the salary cap limit and they have to resign Andersen (i.e. Birdman) and I believe J.R. Smith. Also, I believe Dahntay Jones and Anthony Carter are also Denver unrestricted free agents.

  • GETLEBRON.COM

    Ariza to Denver. Think about it? Ariza is the only player on the Lakers that Denver gave mad props to. K-Mart was lobbying for him.

  • LakersFirst

    [Comment ID #74148 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Why would Ariza go to Denver?

    1) With the Lakers, Ariza starts. With Denver, he would back up Carmelo Anthony.

    2) Denver doesn’t have the money to sign Ariza as they are right around the salary cap limit and they have to resign Andersen (i.e. Birdman) and I believe J.R. Smith. Also, I believe Dahntay Jones and Anthony Carter are also Denver unrestricted free agents.

  • cg75

    Denver can then replace jones with ariza and start him as shooting guard. does denver still has the exception they got for camby trade? will they be able to use that (full/part) on Ariza?

  • http://myspace.com/badlatinmutha JohnJohn

    GETLEBRON needs to see what your sorry Team is doing next year. Just like those Celtic fans that want to comment on LAKER NATION they are all gone fishing with their teams. Ariza is a home town guy like myself. He will stay along with Odom. Kobe will have to take a pay cut though.

  • nick

    ARIZA ISN’T GOING ANYWHERE! HE LOVES LA AND THE MANAGEMENT WILL FIND A WAY TO KEEP HIM! NOW, YOU COULD TRADE ODOM,SASHA AND WALTON FOR CARMELO ANTHONY!!!KOBE AND CARMELO ARE GREAT FRIENDS AND WOULD BE EVEN BETTER FRIENDS WINNING A CHAMPIONSHIP TOGETHER!!!NEXT YEARS LINE UP FISHER,KOBE,CARMELLLO,PAO,BYNUM! ARIZA= 6th MAN OFF THE BENCH!

  • lakers2000

    If they sign Ariza they will not be able to afford the bird man. Ariza is going to stay!

  • FLUKE

    Ariza, Odom AND Shannon aren’t going anywhere. Mitch will find a way.

  • http://deleted let there be light

    ARIZ, ODOM, BROWN WILL STAY. This team is set, why mess up good thing. odom is gonna take less money, ariza is from LA, brown finally fits in. Sorry Farmar, sasha, luke, and rest of the free agenst. but those 3 are the priority. Luke/sasha overpaid. stupid sasha gains “25 pounds of muscle”, doesnt he know that messes up your game. Just stupid on his behalf. he’s a shooter not a big. Hopefully Kobe n LO take less money. maybe a new dynasty in the works. Bynum is just imature, he will learn and will be okay. if not do what kobe said……cuz this is the Mamba’s team aka the boogie man aka cut throat aka death sentence aka laker 4 life

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=692278347 Young Im

    Theres no reason Ariza would leave the Lakers. To bring up the concept of him going to denver is retarded… why would he leave a Championship team for a semi-championship team? he grew up in LA, went to college at UCLA, and LA embraces him and loves him on the lakers. If Mitch had to choose between Odom and Ariza, trust me, he’d pick Ariza. But I believe if we win the championships this year we are keeping everyone and probably making moves during off season or during the season. hopefully Sasha will leave LA.

  • Paul Garnett

    Kobe take a pay cut? Dont make me laugh.

  • ALthelakerfanyoushouldmeet

    Ariza is LA all day..LO will be resigned if the Lakers win. Shannon Brown will sign any contract the lakers will offer him…Kobe already stated he will re negotiate his contract. Luke aint going nowhere get over it and they have 2 yrs left on Sasha’s contract we stuck with him…..I think he will be back doing his job correctly.