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Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
Position: F-G
Born: 06/30/85
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:194 lbs. / 88 kg.
Salary: $8,200,000
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The resilient Rockets, who earned their way here after becoming just the ninth team in NBA history to recover from a 3-1 series deficit in the second round, weren’t done quite yet. They cut the lead to 108-103 before Trevor Ariza – who stole a wild pass from Draymond Green atop the key and started the break – finished it with a corner three-pointer that cut the Warriors’ lead to two. Curry’s two free throws with 11.8 seconds left, however, were enough for Golden State to finish the job. They chanted “MVP” from there, but they were saying something different earlier in the game.
Trevor Ariza added 15 points and 13 rebounds for Houston, which made 42 of its 64 free throws. Both were franchise playoff records. Blake Griffin led Los Angeles with 34 points, but had just eight after halftime as Houston keyed on him with All-Star point guard Chris Paul out with a hamstring injury. “We got out of the rhythm, offensively, and that’s where the game changed for us,” Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers said. “We got stuck trying to go to Blake too much, and we forgot about the guys on the other side of the floor. That hurt us.”
The Golden State Warriors, who have the best record in the NBA, beat the Houston Rockets, 126-113, on Wednesday. The Warriors had a 20-point lead at the half and things got chippy in the third as Steph Curry was called for some sort of offensive foul. Ariza then bumped into Curry on his way up court, which caused Curry to go after Ariza. Draymond Green grabbed the guard before he could get to the much bigger Rockets’ forward. Ariza found Curry coming at him kind of amusing, but seemed perplexed by the apparent $2,500 fine the NBA gave him.
The typically mild-mannered point guard got involved in a rare altercation before finishing with 22 points and 10 assists, and the Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 126-113 on Wednesday night for their franchise-record 17th straight home win. Curry, who already had a technical foul, ran at Trevor Ariza after the Rockets forward bumped him on the way down court early in the third quarter. Curry had to be held back by teammate Draymond Green, and officials called a technical foul on Ariza following a video review. “That’s about as mad as I’ve seen him,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of his star guard.
“The lifestyle change definitely happened very fast, but one thing that was good for me was I had peers that I grew up with who were going through the same thing – like me and Dorell Wright, we are real tight,” Ariza said. “We grew up together, we’ve known each other for years so if we ever needed advice on anything or if we were in the same city, we would hang out together and just talk about the process, talk about each other’s veterans, talk about things that we liked, things that we didn’t like and it was good for us.”
“Probably the biggest adjustment that I had to make was being so far away from home at such a young age,” Ariza said. “I got a little home sick because I had never been away from home for a long period of time. I [grew up] in California and then went to high school and college in California, so I had never really been away from home for an extended period of time. That was one of the adjustments. “Finding something to do with my free time was another thing that I had to adjust to – there’s only so many hours you can spend in the gym, especially playing 80-plus games. I had trouble finding things to do with all the spare time we had.”
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Ariza said it wasn’t too strange of a situation for him since he has been on seven different teams. He did say, however, that leaving Washington this summer wa tough. “My time last year was great,” he said. “I enjoyed it. We had a great year. I really grew a lot of bonds. That organization was great to me. “It was hard to leave. It was a tough decision to make, but it was a decision that I am happy about.”
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Perhaps that explains why Parsons has little interest in discussing Trevor Ariza, his much more cap-friendly replacement on the Rockets who has been phenomenal in five games. Ariza is averaging 17.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and leads the NBA with 21 made 3-pointers, knocking down 60 percent of his long-range attempts. “I don’t pay any attention to him,” Parsons said. “Listen, many people replace many people every year in this league. He’s a good, proven player in this league. He’s supposed to play good for them.”
Los Angeles Lakers rookie Julius Randle got some unexpected support this morning after breaking his leg in his NBA debut — when two players from the opposing team visited him in the hospital. Randle broke his right tibia while the Lakers were playing the Houston Rockets in L.A. on Tuesday night — and was rushed to a hospital where he underwent surgery. But before he went under the knife Wednesday morning — he was visited by James Harden and Trevor Ariza … who stopped by to check up on the 19-year-old. We’re told Randle was touched by the visit — and was in good spirits overall.
Ariza eventually spurned the Wizards and accepted a contract for the same financial terms — four years for $32 million — with the Rockets, the same team that signed him to his first big free agent deal in 2009. Since Texas doesn’t tax income, Ariza will collect slightly more money than by staying in Washington, but was there really a difference? “It’s a big difference,” Ariza said, voice raising. “I don’t really want to get into that part of it. I’m here in Houston. I’m happy to be here. I can’t complain about anything that happened to me.
The game ball was a reward for a performance that Ariza felt was another example of his importance to a Wizards team that would make surprising run to the second round of the playoffs. Turned out, it was the moment that put Ariza back on the radar for a return to Houston. “I did think I was going to be” with the Wizards, Ariza said after a practice at Toyota Center with the Rockets last week. “I thought they valued the things that I did there. At the end of the day, it didn’t work out.”
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The game ball was a reward for a performance that Ariza felt was another example of his importance to a Wizards team that would make surprising run to the second round of the playoffs. Turned out, it was the moment that put Ariza back on the radar for a return to Houston. “I did think I was going to be” with the Wizards, Ariza said after a practice at Toyota Center with the Rockets last week. “I thought they valued the things that I did there. At the end of the day, it didn’t work out.”
Ariza eventually spurned the Wizards and accepted a contract for the same financial terms — four years for $32 million — with the Rockets, the same team that signed him to his first big free agent deal in 2009. Since Texas doesn’t tax income, Ariza will collect slightly more money than by staying in Washington, but was there really a difference? “It’s a big difference,” Ariza said, voice raising. “I don’t really want to get into that part of it. I’m here in Houston. I’m happy to be here. I can’t complain about anything that happened to me.
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Heading into his second season with of all of 22 NBA games under his belt, Isaiah Canaan had no quarrel with giving up his number to Trevor Ariza, who had worn No. 1 in half of his 10 NBA seasons, including his one previous season with the Rockets. But Canaan has been around long enough to know there could be some reward coming his way for his understanding. “I mess with him from time to time,” Canaan said. “Maybe he’ll come through for me throughout the year. He can have it. He wore it when he was here. It’s a veteran thing. I understand. But ask him about it.”
Remember how the Wizards were so desperate to retain Trevor Ariza? Coach Randy Wittman went on a recruiting trip to Los Angeles and made an impassioned pitch for him to return, in part, because of his leadership. President Ernie Grunfeld held firm on the contract details and wouldn’t meet Ariza’s $10 million asking price because he had Pierce up his sleeve. And Pierce agreed to come on a shorter deal for half the price, added a new dimension with his playing style and still picked up the leadership slack left behind.
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Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has completed a three-team deal with Washington and New Orleans. The Rockets will receive Trevor Ariza in a sign-and-trade from Washington, as well as Alonzo Gee, Scotty Hopson, and a valuable 2015 protected first round draft pick from New Orleans. This first round draft pick is a near guaranteed lottery pick structured like the Toronto Raptors first round pick that was the key to the James Harden trade. The Rockets will send center Omer Asik and forward Omri Casspi, and cash considerations to New Orleans.