HoopsHype Trevor Ariza rumors

April 23, 2014 Updates
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What do you do when your 6-foot-8 small forward is sick while you’re taking your team photo? You bring in the 6-foot-6 man working for the WNBA team that shares the same building. With Trevor Ariza battling the flu, the Washington Wizards slapped a No. 1 jersey on Washington Mystics Player Personnel Manager Awvee Storey (who played for the Wizards eight years ago) and put him in the photo. NBCSports.com

March 28, 2014 Updates

"You already know what's going on. That's something you can't hide. That's something you can't run from. You know that they're right there," Ariza said of the Bobcats, one of the NBA's hottest teams that entered the day just 1.5 games back of the No. 7 spot. "They have no problem stepping on our throats so we have to do the same thing to all these other teams because at this time that's what you got to do. You got to be cutthroat. You've got to try to take everybody's head off." CSNWashington.com

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“Trevor and Gortat already know how I feel about them,” Wall told RealGM. “I talked to Trevor about when he could have opted out this past season and I wanted him to come back. I know it’s a tough situation for him because you never know when your career is over. You want to get closer to winning championships, but I feel like if we stick together, anything can happen. RealGM

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Salary-based desperation isn’t what it used to be. Expirings like Trevor Ariza, Rodney Stuckey, Charlie Villanueva, Paul Pierce, and Danny Granger aren’t the carrots they once were. Washington and Indiana have been active on this front, per several league sources, but have found little traction so far. Trading Granger will be especially tough for the Pacers, since they cannot take on even a single dollar of money for next season without jeopardizing their ability to re-sign the terrifying (in a good way!) Lance Stephenson. Grantland

February 3, 2014 Updates

Tasked as the man to slow down the front-runner for league MVP, Ariza has learned over his nine seasons in the league that he will occasionally get roasted by the game’s supreme offensive weapons. But sometimes, a little tenacity and aggressiveness can contribute to coming out ahead. “You definitely can’t stop them,” Ariza said of guarding elite scorers. “What you can do is try to make them work for everything you get and make them take a lot of shots. That’s what I tried to do — try to put pressure on him, try to make him take tough shots and luckily he missed some.” Washington Post

January 23, 2014 Updates

Trevor Ariza didn’t mention foreheads, but he did autograph a kid once. “I signed a little kid’s back before,” he laughed. “That’s pretty strange.” Marcin Gortat sees your foreheads and kids and raise you a combination kid/forehead for the win. “The craziest thing I had to sign. You really wanna know?” he said. “Well, obviously all different parts of the body. Abs, hands, arms, head. I recently signed a forehead of a freshly born baby, which was ridiculous. And I said, ‘Why would you want to do that?’ and the lady said, ‘It’s gonna be a sign he’s gonna be a basketball player.’ So, for some reason, I don’t know why I signed it, why I did it, I felt bad for this kid. But at the end of the day I realized I would never do this again.” Washington Post

January 12, 2014 Updates

A reporter immediately followed up to Wittman’s rant with a question about Kevin Seraphin’s strong game. Wittman wasn’t having any of that. “He gave us a big lift,” Wittman said. “But the main point is, at home here, we just have no – I don’t know what the term [is]. Sense of urgency of coming home and protecting home. And we don’t. We just go out and play like it’s an AAU game. Kevin came in and gave us a big lift. There’s no question he played well. One of his better games. But we’ve got to figure those other things out. There’s no excuse for the way we’re playing.” When informed of Wittman’s AAU comment, Trevor Ariza was taken aback. “AAU ball?” he said. “Dang, coach.” But he did not disagree. Washington Post

January 5, 2014 Updates

Trevor Ariza was fuming after getting called for his second offensive foul in the third quarter of the Wizards’ 101-88 loss to the Toronto Raptors. Ariza got up to complain to referee Kevin Scott, collected a technical foul, then shouted another expletive as he walked by referee Joey Crawford and picked up another. As he made a beeline to the locker room after getting ejected for just the third time in his career, Ariza was even more upset because he didn’t get all that he really wanted to say off his chest. “If I was going to get ejected, I should’ve gotten my money’s worth,” Ariza said with a smile. Washington Post

Ariza was having a hard time staying engaged in the contest before he got tossed, though he did make a pull-up three-pointer that tied the game at 45 just before halftime. When he left the game, Ariza was getting outscored by DeMar DeRozan, 17-6, and the Wizards trailed 66-53. “It was a frustrating day. All the way around,” Ariza said. “But that’s no excuse for our lack of focus, or whatever, starting with me. I wasn’t into the game, so I take full responsibility for that.” Washington Post

December 3, 2013 Updates

Trevor Ariza swears that it wasn’t anything personal when he matched up with fellow UCLA alum Arron Afflalo on Monday night at Verizon Center. It was just a coincidence that when the Wizards played the Orlando Magic, the game turned into an entertaining one-on-one duel for much of the first half with the former Bruins taking turns carrying their teams and attacking each other. “It wasn’t about that. It was about getting a win. Fortunately, we got the win,” Ariza said after the Wizards beat the Magic, 98-80, to improve to 9-9. Washington Post

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