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Son of ex-Lakers champion lands scholarship offer from USC

Andy Enfield in USC gear

Jan 24, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; USC Trojans head coach Andy Enfield instructs from the bench in the first half the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Galen Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The University of Southern California has officially extended an offer to the son of a well-known local.

Eric Bossi of 247 Sports reported on Monday that Tajh Ariza, son of veteran NBA forward Trevor Ariza, has gotten a scholarship offer from USC. Tajh, a 6-foot-5 small forward in the class of 2026, has also received an offer from fellow Pac-12 school Washington, marking his first two scholarship offers.

Playing for St. Bernard High School of Playa Del Rey, Calif., Tajh is still only a freshman. But he will draw extra attention because of his famous father, who played 18 years in the NBA (including winning a championship in the area with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009). Trevor also played his college ball locally at UCLA.

The Trojans (and their affiliates) are clearly fans of second-generation sports stars. This is not the first such story we have heard in recent weeks.

Wife of ex-Lakers champion files for divorce

Trevor Ariza holds a ball

Jan 13, 2020; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings forward Trevor Ariza (0) warms up before the game against the Orlando Magic at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The wife of former Lakers wing player Trevor Ariza has filed for a divorce.

TMZ Sports reported on Tuesday that Bree Anderson Ariza has filed for a divorce from Trevor, citing irreconcilable differences. Bree is seeking physical and legal custody over the couple’s two children. She is also seeking spousal support.

The Arizas were married in July 2017, meaning they just had a five-year anniversary.

Ariza, 37, has played in the NBA since the 2004-2005 season. He has played for 10 different teams, and has had two separate stints with both the Lakers and Rockets. Ariza won a championship with the Lakers in the 2008-2009 season. He also spent last season with the Lakers, averaging 4.0 points and 3.4 rebounds over 19.3 minutes per game in 24 contests.

Ariza is currently a free agent.

Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza agree to sign with Lakers

Dwight Howard

The Los Angeles Lakers are bringing in a pair of veterans to fortify their bench and add some key experience.

Howard’s agent confirmed Monday that the veteran center will join the Lakers for a third stint. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Ariza’s agents confirmed that his pact with the Lakers is a one-year contract.

It would have been hard to believe with how Howard’s first stint ended that he’d ever return to Los Angeles once, much less twice. It speaks to the valuable contribution he made to the team’s 2020 championship, as he averaged 5.8 points and 4.6 rebounds while playing strong defense. One Lakers veteran went out of his way to recruit Howard, demonstrating that the veteran center’s contributions were not forgotten.

Ariza also has experience with the Lakers. He won a title there in 2009, producing several key contributions during that playoff year. The UCLA product averaged 11.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in the NBA Finals that year.

Depth was a big issue for the Lakers last season, especially due to injuries to LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Adding the likes of Howard and Ariza should help with that next year as they try to reclaim the NBA title.

Trevor Ariza traded from Thunder to Heat for Meyers Leonard

Trevor Ariza

The Miami Heat are adding some help for the stretch run, and they’ve parted with a notable name to do so.

As first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Heat have acquired forward Trevor Ariza from the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder will receive a second-round pick in 2027, as well as suspended center Meyers Leonard. Leonard is not expected to join the Thunder after being dealt.

Ariza has not played a game in over a year, having opted out of the Orlando bubble as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers. The Thunder acquired him in the offseason, and he did not report to the rebuilding organization. The Heat will probably have to get him back in game shape, but the veteran could be a valuable contributor down the stretch.

Leonard is currently suspended after using an anti-Semitic slur on a video game stream. It’s not clear what his NBA future holds, but it does not appear it will be with Oklahoma City.

Report: Lakers keeping an eye on Trevor Ariza

Trevor Ariza

The Los Angeles Lakers have already acquired several key veteran players this offseason, and they may have their sights set on at least one other.

The Lakers have been monitoring to see if the Oklahoma City Thunder will waive veteran swingman Trevor Ariza, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Ariza is expected to be on the Thunder roster at the start of the regular season, however.

Ariza did not take part in the NBA restart in Orlando and has been away from the team for personal reasons. He was said to be involved in a custody battle with the mother of his child over the summer and opted out of the season to tend to the family issues.

Oklahoma City acquired Ariza in a multi-team trade last month. The 34-year-old won a championship with the Lakers back in back in 2009. Ariza averaged 8.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in time split between the Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers last season.

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Blazers to sign Jaylen Adams as replacement for Trevor Ariza

Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers appear to have a roster replacement for Trevor Ariza.

Ariza informed the team last week that he would not be joining them in Orlando for the restart due to a family matter. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the team plans to sign Jaylen Adams as a replacement.

Adams, 24, played at St. Bonaventure from 2014-2018 and was he co-Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year as a senior. He was signed to a two-way contract by the Atlanta Hawks after going undrafted. He averaged 3.2 points in 12.6 minutes per game over 3 contests in 2018-2019 for Atlanta. He averaged 21.5 points per game with the G League’s Wisconsin Herd this season.

Trevor Ariza opting out of remainder of NBA season over child custody issue

Trevor Ariza

Washington Wizards sharpshooter David Bertans on Monday became the first NBA player to opt out of the resumption of the 2019-20 season, and Trevor Ariza is doing the same.

Ariza has informed the Portland Trail Blazers that he will not be joining the team when play resumes in Orlando, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. The reason is that he’s in a custody battle over his 12-year-old son and has been granted a one-month visitation window during the time when players would need to be quarantined in Orlando.

There has been talk that players could opt out of the resumption of the season due to coronavirus concerns and/or the social justice movement, but neither Ariza nor Bertans is citing that as a reason. Bertans reportedly does not want to risk getting hurt before he becomes a free agent this offseason.

Ariza, 34, is averaging 8.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game this season. The Blazers have a decent shot at making the playoffs, as they are currently in 9th place in the Western Conference and 3.5 games behind the No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies. Portland will have eight regular season games in Disney World to make up that difference, but they’ll have to do it without Ariza.

Video: Trevor Ariza ejected after complaining about no-call

Trevor Ariza ejected

Trevor Ariza was ejected from Friday night’s Portland Trail Blazers-Utah Jazz game after getting upset about a no-call.

Ariza was driving to the basket early in the second quarter and thought he was fouled by Rudy Gobert when going up for a shot. Ariza did not receive a foul call and went after the official to complain. He immediately was called for a technical foul and then chased down the official. Ariza seemed to get close to making contact with the referee.

Ariza had two points in nine minutes prior to his exit. Portland was shorthanded without Nassir Little and Hassan Whiteside available, so Ariza’s ejection put the team in a bad spot.

The Trail Blazers have gone 5-2 since acquiring Ariza in a trade with Sacramento.

10 under-the-radar NBA free agents to watch

Danny Green

With NBA free agency so close, it’s no secret where most of the attention will fall. The destinations of the likes of Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Kemba Walker, and Klay Thompson will potentially dictate where the league’s centers of power are for the next half a decade, if not longer.

However, there are many more free agents beyond just the big names. A number of important role players are hitting the market this offseason. They won’t be as exciting as some of their counterparts, but as the Toronto Raptors would tell you, you can’t win an NBA title without some valuable role players — the likes of which will be out there this summer.

Here are 10 under-the-radar NBA free agents who could end up having a big impact on the teams they sign with.

10. Taj Gibson

The 34-year-old forward is no longer going to be a top frontline player for any teams, but Gibson was one of the better players on the Timberwolves over the last two tumultuous years. Gibson consistently averaged a double-digit point total, knows the game well, and is an intelligent player to have around. It’s possible Gibson could return to the Timberwolves in a mentor role, but he’d be a solid second unit player on a contender.

9. JaVale McGee

Yes, really. McGee had the best season of his career last season thanks to the extended minutes the Los Angeles Lakers ended up giving him. Everyone knows that McGee is a useful but never great center at this stage of his career, but as that stint with the Lakers proved, he can contribute when given the chance. That goes for contenders, too — after all, McGee was a valuable reserve for the Golden State Warriors teams that won back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017.

8. Terrence Ross

Teams in need of bench scoring could do far worse than Ross, who shot over 38 percent from three-point range last season for the Orlando Magic. He averaged 15 points per game in just 26 minutes per night, and he’s capable of catching fire and taking control of an offense for minutes at a time. Ross’ overall game is limited, and when he’s not scoring, there’s not a lot else to him, but when he is, he’s hard to stop. There’s huge value in that.

7. Garrett Temple

Temple doesn’t have any single great aspect to his game, but the versatile guard also doesn’t have any obvious weaknesses, either. He can score, but not at a high level. He can pass, but he’s not dazzling. He’s a good, but not elite defender. None of it matters, because when you put all those factors together, you have a very useful reserve player who can give you good minutes on a nightly basis — the exact sort of player a lot of contenders would love to have.

6. Ed Davis

Davis has always been a favorite of contending teams — the Portland Trail Blazers got a lot of mileage out of him. It’s largely down to his rebounding prowess, which very much counts as his specialty. He’s not a starter, and his game is very limited, especially in today’s NBA. But even the best shooting teams need someone who can come in off the bench, grab some boards, bang around in the post, and contribute some good minutes. That’s Davis in a nutshell.

5. Trevor Ariza

If there’s any doubt as to how important Ariza can be to even a good team, the Houston Rockets definitely missed him this season. He may be a classic three-and-D wing player, but Khris Middleton is about to get a lot of money for doing the same thing, so Ariza’s value should not be underestimated. He was a poor fit on non-contenders last year, and the best spot for him would be on a team that expects to be in the hunt for an NBA title. He could be hugely vital there. Just ask the Rockets.

4. Dewayne Dedmon

Dedmon is never going to win any awards, but centers who can shoot from the perimeter have never been more important in the NBA. Dedmon’s newfound skill made him a 38.2 percent three-point shooter last year, while simultaneously adding 7.5 rebounds per game. He’s a solid defender and, perhaps even more importantly, he’s now capable of spacing the floor. There are some pretty good teams he could be a starter on. He’ll be a popular name this summer for that reason.

3. Seth Curry

Steph’s little brother put himself more on the map with a strong postseason with Portland, so he might not be quite as under-the-radar as he once was. Unlike his older brother, Curry isn’t much of a playmaker, and he won’t really be an impactful defender, but when you can shoot 45 percent from three-point range, there is a prominent spot for you in the NBA. Curry profiles best as a bench scorer who can come into games, knock down threes, and give defenses a lot to think about. If used properly, he will become an enormously valuable player.

2. Kevon Looney

Much will be written about the futures of Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant this summer, but the Warriors will absolutely miss Looney if he departs, too. He worked himself into a key player for the team, typically off the bench, with scoring and rebounding ability. He was so important to their playoff run that he may have priced himself out of a return. The attention will primarily lie with his more high-profile teammates, but Looney may actually be in line for a larger role with a different team this summer.

1. Danny Green

Kawhi Leonard isn’t the only free agent the Raptors are faced with losing this year. There is, after all, a reason that Green has been an important part of two NBA champions. He had his best three-point shooting season of his career with Toronto last season and heated up just in time to play a significant role in the NBA Finals. He doesn’t actually do much else on offense other than shoot, but it’s easy to ignore those limitations when he shoots as well as he does. He’s regarded as a good teammate and a quality glue guy, and while his eventual signing won’t steal the headlines, it could make a huge impact on whoever he lands with.

Report: Wizards, Suns reconvene to complete Trevor Ariza trade

Trevor Ariza

Trevor Ariza will be a Washington Wizard after all.

After a three-team deal to send Ariza to the Wizards fell apart late Friday into Saturday, the Wizards and Phoenix Suns reconvened and completed the trade as a more traditional two-team deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Wizards will get Ariza, while Kelly Oubre and Austin Rivers will head to the Phoenix Suns.

Rivers was headed to Phoenix in yesterday’s deal as well. The main difference, beyond the obvious exclusion of the Memphis Grizzlies as a third team, is Kelly Oubre going to the Suns instead of the Grizzlies. That was how things were slated to go last night before the deal fell apart for hilarious reasons. Obviously, it wasn’t bad enough to prevent two teams from getting together to complete the trade using the same players without the third piece that messed everything up.