PHOENIX – Trevor Ariza will be out of action about two months after undergoing surgery on his right ankle, the Los Angeles Lakers announced Wednesday.
Ariza, one of 11 new players added in the offseason, underwent a procedure Wednesday. Most of training ground has been missed due to the ankle.
The Lakers said the 36-year-old Ariza will be reevaluated in about eight weeks.
Ariza returned to Los Angeles for a second season with the franchise after winning a championship alongside Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol in 2009, signing a minimum veteran contract after being recruited by Russell Westbrook to join shortly after Westbrook was traded from Washington.
Ariza averaged 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds for the Miami Heat last season, but only appeared in 30 of his 72 games.
LA fell to 0-2 in the preseason with a 117-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. Westbrook and LeBron James did not play in either game.
“It’s going to be okay,” Carmelo Anthony said after the loss to the Suns. “It’s going to be nice when I do.”