With an eye on the future, the Lakers waived Trevor Ariza on Thursday and will use that final roster spot on a young player with Wenyen Gabriel a likely candidate for that position. The team announced waiving Ariza while the report on who they will target came from Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The Los Angeles Lakers intend to waive Trevor Ariza and use roster spot to convert a young player prior to Sunday’s deadline to sign a player, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Open roster spot now provides flexibility to add to roster.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 7, 2022
While Gabriel’s name is not specifically stated, the phrase “convert a young player” would certainly seem to suggest him as the likely player. Currently, Gabriel is on a two-way deal but has been a bright spot in a season with very few of them.
This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.