With the holidays just around the corner, teams still jockeying for position look to bolster their roster before the trade deadline ends. Yesterday, both the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers looked to add veteran players who might be able to contribute.
In Denver, multiple sources confirmed that free agent Guard Nick Young has signed a non-guaranteed $1.65 million contract with the Nuggets.
The 11-year NBA veteran joins the team having averaged 11.4 points in his career.#MileHighBasketball https://t.co/NndQ5Gvsvu— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) December 10, 2018
With Forward Paul Millsap out with a toe injury for the next four to six weeks, the Nuggets will look to the 11 year veteran to help keep the Nuggets in the playoff hunt. Young is coming off a season in which he won a championship with the Warriors.
At about the same time, Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news that in Los Angeles, the Lakers are in trade discussions with the Phoenix Suns to acquire Forward Trevor Ariza. According to sources, LeBron and the Lakers are looking to add another veteran presence to help space the floors and provide a proven shooter and defender.
Sources: Lakers trying to acquire Suns forward Trevor Ariza in a three-team deal. https://t.co/EzgOxFem60— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 10, 2018
Both teams have been working to reach an agreement with a third team yet to be named and its believed that Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will be involved in the deal. KCP has a veto policy on his one year $12 million deal remaining but is expected to be moved in the deal.
Ariza originally signed a one year, $15 million deal with Phoenix this off season where he averaged 9.7 PPG and 5.5 RPG with the team. According to Woj, the Suns are looking to potentially add depth at the guard spot to pair with Devin Booker off the ball.
The NBA free agency trade restriction date will be reached this Saturday, which will be when players signed this previous off season can be moved.