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Trevor Ariza Says Los Angeles Lakers Didn’t Want Him Back

Trevor Ariza disclosed on Monday that the Lakers never made a serious effort to re-sign him and owner Jerry Buss had his sights set on Ron Artest when the free agency period began.

“From my understanding, they told me that my work was like the mid-level or whatever, and to go find an offer and they’ll match it. The next day, I heard Artest had dinner with Buss and came to an agreement,” Ariza told Los Angeles radio station KLAC-570.

Artest reportedly signed a three-year contract worth $18 million with the Lakers, which amounts to $6 million per season. Final terms of the deal could change now that next season's salary cap has been announced at $57.7 million.

Just hours after the Artest signing, Ariza agreed to terms with the Houston Rockets for a r...

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