LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Lakers forward Trevor Ariza will miss eight weeks with a right ankle injury.
Ariza has spent most of their training camp sitting out as reported by Los Angeles Lakers beat writer Dave McMenamin. The good news for the Lakers is that everything is pointing to a full recovery with no limitations upon his return.
The regular season kicks off on October 19th for the Lakers. They host the Golden State Warriors on the road as their new additions embark on their journey to an NBA Championship.
With Ariza expected to miss eight weeks, this makes December 9th a potential return date. That would mean he will miss around 25 games if everything goes as planned. The Lakers added several players this offseason and will turn to them while they wait for Ariza to return.
Ariza was one of the additions this offseason signing a single-year deal with the Lakers this past offseason.
Below is the original press release from the Lakers signing Trevor Ariza.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Trevor Ariza, it was announced today by Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Rob Pelinka. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
Entering his 18th NBA season, Ariza owns career averages of 10.5 points (.352 3P%). 4.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.5 steals through 1,094 games (758 starts) with New York, Orlando, Houston, New Orleans, Washington, Phoenix, Sacramento, Portland, Miami and the Lakers. He currently ranks fifth among active players in steals, totaling 1,615 career takeaways.
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Ariza appeared in 30 games (27 starts) with Miami last season, where he averaged 9.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steal in 28.0 minutes. He returns to Los Angeles after averaging 8.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 steals from 2007-09 and helping the Lakers win the 2009 NBA Championship