Saturday , Feb , 21 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Trevor Ariza Expects to Double Salary in Free Agency

After making only five of 18 three-point attempts last season, Trevor Ariza has already made 39 of 116 (33.6%) this season, including two in the final minutes as the Lakers pulled away from Golden State with a late surge Wednesday in Oakland.

By his own admission, Ariza wouldn’t have had the confidence last season to put up a couple of long-distance shots with the game on the line.

"I’m not even going to lie to you — probably not," he said. "I’ve matured. My teammates and coaches have definitely given me a bunch of confidence."

Ariza, also one of the team’s top defenders, will be an unrestricted free agent after this season and is one of the Lakers’ top off-season priorities. He makes $3.1 million this season and might be able to at least double his salary with his new contract.,0,5060198.story