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Report: Trevor Ariza, Wayne Ellington agree to one-year deals with Lakers

The small forward from LA’s 2008-09 championship team is back as Lakers fill out roster around “Big 3”.

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Trevor Ariza of the Miami Heat shoots a free throw during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on May 1, 2021 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Trevor Ariza has come back to the Los Angeles Lakers. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the forward is signing a one-year deal as the team attempts to fill out the roster around LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook.

Ariza was a member of LA’s title team from 2008-09 over the Orlando Magic. He was not brought back as the team opted to add Ron Artest instead the following season.

The Lakers are also adding sharpshooter Wayne Ellington on a one-year deal, according to Chris Haynes. Ellington previously played for the Lakers in 2014-15. He’s a career 38.2 percent three-point shooter and should fit nicely with LA’s new superstar trio.

Los Angeles continues to explore trade options for better talent, but will likely be limited to peripheral deals as James, Davis and Westbrook command most of the salary cap. The Lakers will hope to bring back fan favorite Alex Caruso and should be able to match on any deal Talen Horton-Tucker signs in restricted free agency.