Every playoff year, the Lakers produce someone who is young, performs well, and end up getting overpaid. We have seen player like Brian Cook, Slava Medvedenko, Sasha Vujacic, and Luke Walton all do this. Trevor Ariza was just the next in line. All were getting stars, shooting lights out, and not playing like themselves. Just take a look at where they are: Cook is on his 3rd team since the Lakers and at the end of a bench collecting a paycheck. Medvedenko is out of the league. Sasha is with the Lakers and was a non factor in the playoffs, players like Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown were getting minutes ahead of him. Luke Walton is player who doesnt score and is over paid, the only reason he got paid above the midlevel was because he is a Phil Jackson favorite.
Note: I am not a Laker fan. The sight of a Lakers flag makes me want to puke.