Former Los Angeles Lakers forward Trevor Ariza says he’s hit hard times financially, and is asking for low monthly support payments.
“Ex-Lakers star Trevor Ariza told the court he’s in the process of reducing his monthly expenses — because he can no longer afford his once lavish lifestyle after retiring from the NBA, RadarOnline.com has learned.” he wrote Ryan Naumann of RadarOnline.com.
According to court documents obtained by RadarOnline.com, Ariza, who is set to retire in 2022, said he currently has no average monthly income.
“Trevor spent more than a decade in the league and made more than $16 million with his salary alone.
“Ariza and his estranged wife Bree Anderson are in the middle of a nasty divorce. He demanded that she pay monthly support for her two kids.
“Ree said the support was enough to allow her to maintain the luxurious life she had in her marriage.
“The wedding included private chefs, domestic staff, Rolls Royce vehicles, real estate and business deals, and a huge 5-bedroom, 7-bathroom residence in Playa Vista.”
Although Ariza dried up his income, Anderson pointed out that he had saved millions of dollars, and property that could be liquidated.
The NBA forward says he only averages about $4,000 a month in revenue from rental properties, and recently received a one-time salary from the NBA of over $400,000.
He claims he pays $13,000 a month in child support payments for the other kids, and claims he has many other monthly expenses.
“Monthly expenses listed at $13k for mortgage, $1,400 in maintenance, $8,900 in child care, $1,500 in groceries, $3,000 in food, $800 in laundry, $3,500 in clothes, $3,200 in kid’s education, $14k in various cars. and $19k in another, wrote Naumann.
“Other” includes $4k for his personal assistant, $5,700 for basketball practices for the kids, $300 in trunks, $500 in boxing classes, $900 in manicures/pedicures, and $2,500 for his girlfriend.
“‘I am in the process of reducing my monthly expenses, as I am currently unemployed & unable to maintain my old lifestyle,’ Trevor wrote in his statement.”
Anderson recently obtained a restraining order against Ariza after she alleged that he was abusive when they were together and reportedly showed up at her home.
As of late and last season, Ariza was still in the NBA and playing for the Bruins.
He signed them as a free agent in the summer of 2021 in a trade with Russell Westbrook. It was thought that the arrival of Westbrook would make them legitimate championship contenders, but instead the season turned into a big mess.
Although Westbrook failed to suit up, the team’s poor roster construction was arguably as big a factor as Westbrook’s failure to play as a player in the NCAA.
In his last NBA season, Ariza averaged a career-low 4.0 points per game while shooting just 33.3 percent from the field and 27.0 percent from the 3-point field, and his defense was virtually non-existent.
He is one of several members on last year’s Lakers roster who did not play in the NBA this season.
But many years ago, Ariza was a key member of the Purple and Gold squad that fans fondly remember.
He arrived in LA early in the 2007-08 season as the team was undergoing a metamorphosis from a mediocre squad to a contender. Head coach Phil Jackson quickly molded Ariza into an active, versatile defender, fast-break finisher and timely 3-point shooter.
The following season, the team won the NBA championship with Ariza as their starting small forward. He left via free agency that summer and would enjoy a long and productive career with several other teams, most notably Houston Rockets.
Ariza can also be of Meridian origin. After being born in Miami, he attended Westchester High School and played one season in college at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he became the 43rd player selected in the 2004 NBA Draft. New York Knicks.