The front office opened a roster spot in order to add a young player before the season ends on Sunday, according to Charania. The Lakers were eliminated from playoff contention this week, and a major roster shakeup is expected. They didn’t wait for the offseason to begin that process.
The move was confirmed in a team press release, as ESPN’s Dave McMenamin relays.
After signing a one-year, veteran’s minimum in the offseason, Ariza was expected to have a significant role. However, ankle surgery derailed his impact. He appeared in only 24 games (11 starts), averaging 4.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in those contests.