Today the Lakers acquired Trevor Ariza from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Maurice Evans and Brian Cook.
Ariza in the NBA
Ariza came into the league as the youngest rookie in New York Knicks history and had an immediate impact on the club with his unique blend of youthful enthusiasm and athleticism. Trevor played in 80 games that year (12 starts) averaging just under 6 points and 3 boards in 17 minutes of play.
He continued to play well for the Knicks and became a fan favorite, but saw his minutes decline after the team drafted David Lee in the 2005 draft. Consequently he became part of the trade that sent Steve Francis to New York in exchange for Penny Hardaway’s contract.
Trevor’s numbers increased as a member of the Magic as he tallied 8.9 points and 4.4 rebounds for the Magic in 57 games during the 2006-07 season. He missed 5 games due to a sore right foot and 19 games because of a sprained right MCL.
So far this season Ariza has appeared in all of Orlando’s 11 games, but is only averaging 10.5 minutes per game. The Magic’s signing of Guard Rashard Lewis in the off-season has been the main reason for the decline in Trevor’s minutes.