Trevor Ariza Rumors

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Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
Position: F-G
Born: 06/30/85
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Salary: $12,200,000
“It’s two-fold,” Neil Olshey said Wednesday. “On one hand, I’m excited to see our guys play again. You know, the season ended so abruptly, we were just getting healthy. We were three days from getting ‘Nurk’ (Jusuf Nurkic) back and Zach (Collins) was on the horizon — he was about three weeks out from returning. At that point, Trevor (Ariza) was in the starting lineup, so the exciting thing is to see the guys out playing basketball again. I missed basketball.”
That’s a byproduct of a super long stay in the league that spanned four different decades and him changing teams way more often than your typical big-name player. The All-Star swingman shared the floor with 261 different teammates through 21 seasons, which puts him way ahead of Juwan Howard and, for now, also Tyson Chandler and Trevor Ariza.
If you remember, the Wizards lined up everything to go after Kevin Durant in free agency, including by letting defensive specialist Trevor Ariza leave. Turns out, Wall still wonders ‘what if’ and says he knew Durant wasn’t coming to Washington. “One thousand percent. We still think about that to this day. I feel like that was the biggest piece we lost,” Wall said whether he felt they should have kept Ariza. “We felt like we weren’t getting Kevin, just from knowing everything and thinking ahead. Like, okay we know Kevin’s not coming here so just keep the core we have. We have a great core with Trevor Ariza and all the guys we had. Don’t get me wrong, Paul was great for us. Paul Pierce was great for us, but we just felt like that experience we had with Trevor and the way he was shooting the ball and things and the way he defended, he was the perfect person we needed for LeBron [James]. Even though nobody’s going to stop LeBron, he just made it tough on LeBron.”
“He was frustrated on the play before. That’s what caused, in my opinion, to really do that when I threw it between his legs. If you watch the play before, I got a floater. He said something coming back down the floor, got mad and that was part of my excitement. When I came back down, I knew what I was about to do right before. So, I threw it between his legs, and I knew he was kind of frustrated. It’s part of basketball.”
It was unclear whether Ariza’s message got through to Young. The Athletic was unable to reach Young after the game, but in a group interview, he was asked about the flagrant foul and the postgame exchange with Ariza. “It was nothing. Competitiveness,” Young said of the flagrant foul. “I play at my own pace, I’m super excited when I play … play with a lot of excitement. But at the end of the day, I’m tough and still going to play hard … I mean, I’m competitive. It’s fun to play that way.”
While $400 million may seem like a lot for new additions in a summer where far fewer players will hit free agency than last summer, it will be an absolutely brutal market for players who want to make more than $10 million. As recently as January, I projected eight teams would use cap space this summer and amazingly that number is actually even lower now. While a few other franchises could clear functional space if desired, only seven look like they will use cap space this summer: the Hawks, Knicks, Pistons, Heat, Suns, Hornets and Trail Blazers, a group that could easily shrink if Phoenix chooses to retain Dario Saric or Portland keeps Trevor Ariza’s $12.8 million.