Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 at 11:00 am  |  23 responses

The Trevor Ariza Conundrum

The Laker front office has some tough decisions to make this summer: “The Lakers will have five unrestricted free agents over the summer and many difficult decisions to make. Ariza sits front and center in all of them. The better he plays, the larger the market for his services will grow. And while the Lakers would undoubtedly like to keep the wiry Westchester High grad, the larger the market he finds, the less money there is for their other free agents: Lamar Odom, Shannon Brown, Josh Powell and DJ Mbenga. ‘When you play well, that normally is a good thing if you’re going to be a free agent,’ Kupchak said. ‘It’s all good, when guys play well I’m happy for them. It’s a good problem to have. There’s nothing there that needs to be addressed right now. We’re happy with his performance, we look at him as an important part of this team. The money thing will take care of itself during the offseason, when there’s a market that’s established.’”

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  • Will Lee

    it sounds corny but first

  • http://slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/fear/ Freedom Fries

    tell that to Trev and Jordan – his spokesman for the “share the love | share the ball” movement

  • Sesa

    Okay, trade Sasha Vujacic for cash to the Spurs

  • http://slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/fear/ Freedom Fries

    Sesa, come on, you know Sasha and his luscious locks is the heart and soul of the lakers – hati hati

  • Sesa

    Send Mbenga back to the Mavs

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    dont resign anyone but shannon brown.

  • riggs

    resign trevor and shannon, leave everyone else out to pasture.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose


  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Ariza should be their priority. Ain’t no punk in him. He’s the 3 who has meshed the best with Kob so far.

  • Donn

    I agree with you riggs…and while there at it, maybe time to convince DFish to be an assistant coach…

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I’m still not sure about Shannon. I’m not sold with him at the 1.

  • Krishan

    Co-sign nate the great. That seems like a no-brainer, addition by subtraction. I’m so sick and tired of waiting for Lamar’s “confidence”, they should just trade him for anyone with a jersey.

  • riggs

    or trade him to jersey…

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Yeah, Ariza is a beast. My favorite Laker by far. I actually hope they don’t resign him, because players like Ariza give my boys in SA way too many problems.

  • Nike33

    Sasha is overrated. Get rid of him for money. DJ Mbenga is junk. Get money for him too. The Lakers have nothing to worry about next year

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Ariza to the Rockets as a free agent.

  • Ken

    I wonder where Odom will go.

  • Josh D

    Keep him and Odom and Brown, get rid of the other two

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    We’ll give you Gibson, Wally, and $3M.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    They should trade Gasol to Memphis for a bunch of spare parts to clear cap space.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I want to know why they are even WORRIED about keeping DJ banga! For someone who doesn’t get any court time there are kids everywhere dying to sit across the way from Jack Nicholson and Scarlett Johansson.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    There will be plenty of $$$ when Kobe leaves the remainder of his contract on the table.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    Russ Bengtson Posted: May.27 at 6:57 pm
    They should trade Gasol to Memphis for a bunch of spare parts to clear cap space…………………………. comment of the half hour