NBA rumors: Trevor Ariza a Wizard again

The Washington Wizards announced today that they have acquired forward Trevor Ariza from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for forward Kelly Oubre Jr. and guard Austin Rivers. “Trevor has been one of the most effective, efficient and versatile players at his position for over a decade,” said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld. “We are obviously very familiar with the leadership and experience he brings as one of the league’s most respected professionals and look forward to welcoming him back to the team.”

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The​ Wizards​ have​ acquired​ Trevor Ariza from the Suns for Austin​ Rivers and​ Kelly​ Oubre, The​ Athletic​ has​​ confirmed. After a day of cycling through different versions of the same deal, bringing in and cutting out the Grizzlies and experiencing a trade snafu only possible in the 21st century, the Wizards acquired their target. They wanted Ariza. They now have him. ... The Wizards made this deal for two reasons: The locker room and the basketball court. The effect on payroll is minimal.
Rivers mightily struggled during his 29 games with the Wizards. Meanwhile, there was nearly no realistic chance Oubre was returning to D.C. after this season, according to sources. The Wizards created their own suboptimal situation on the latter. They couldn’t afford to pay Oubre, a restricted free agent after this season, because of the $107.9 million on the books next season just for their four most expensive players — Wall, Beal, Porter and Ian Mahinmi, who is no longer in the rotation. Filling out the rest of their roster and re-signing someone who could earn eight figures annually on his next deal could drive them into tax territory. Paying so much in consecutive seasons for a losing team wasn’t an option.
There were and are other teams interested in Oubre. In fact, once the initial form of this deal fell apart Friday night, other organizations reached out to Washington to see if they could snag Oubre. Some tried to become the third team in an Ariza deal. Versions of a larger multi-team trade floated out there, according to sources. The Wizards held true to working out a one-on-one deal with Phoenix.
Crawford chose not to comment on the reported trade, but he will be a familiar face for Rivers, who was coming off a career season in his final season with Los Angeles before joining the Wizards this season. “It’s too fresh for me to digest,” Crawford said after Saturday’s shootaround. “There are players involved that I know. It’s too fresh.”
After a three-team trade crumbled in spectacular fashion hours earlier, the Washington Wizards resurrected a deal to acquire Phoenix Suns forward Trevor Ariza, league sources told ESPN. The Wizards are sending forward Kelly Oubre Jr. and guard Austin Rivers to the Suns in the deal, league sources said.
Once that deal fell apart, the Suns re-engaged with the Los Angeles Lakers on trade talks for Ariza, league sources said. Suns owner Robert Sarver and interim general manager James Jones were working with Ariza's agent, Aaron Mintz, on brokering a deal with the Lakers, but it never materialized. The Lakers were unwilling to include one of their core young players in the trade, and the Suns ultimately moved back to complete a deal with the Wizards.
After an initial three-team trade was scrapped Friday night, the Phoenix Suns have agreed to trade Trevor Ariza to the Washington Wizards, league sources told ESPN. Sources said the Wizards are sending Austin Rivers and Kelly Oubre Jr. to the Suns. A trade call is set for Saturday, sources said.
John Gambadoro: Suns sending Ariza to Washington for Oubre and Rivers. Darren Wolfson: #Twolves were not involved in 3rd team talks that fell apart. As we approach Feb. 7, Tolliver is worth watching. Enough teams are monitoring his situation here, including the Lakers who tried for Ariza. No Taj tonight, so maybe AT finally gets some run again.Darren Wolfson agregado,
Bobby Marks: All three players, Trevor Ariza ($15M), Austin Rivers ($12.65M) and Kelly Oubre Jr. ($3.3M) are on expiring contracts. Oubre Jr. will be a restricted free agent and the Suns will have the right to tender the forward a $4.5M qualifying offer. The Wizards will create a $3.3M trade exception to go along with a $5.45M, $1.3M, $957K and $694K exception. The Washington tax bill will drop from $9.8M to $8.3M but will likely increase based on the team now falling below the minimum roster requirement of 14.
Chris Miller: Confirming @Washington Wizards have traded @Kelly Oubre @Austin Rivers to @Phoenix Suns for @Trevor Ariza. First reported by @Adrian Wojnarowski #DCFamily
The Grizzlies believed they were trading MarShon Brooks to Phoenix, but the Suns believed it was Dillon. But Memphis would not put Dillon Brooks in the trade, sources said, leading to the agreement being called off.
“Acquiring Austin gives us another versatile, experienced player who provides scoring and playmaking,” said Grunfeld. “He is coming off a career year and his ability to create offense for himself and others will help our second unit and allow us to play a variety of lineups throughout the season.”
Sam Amick: Confirming Clippers trade Austin Rivers to Washington for Marcin Gortat. There were some who thought a day like this would never come so long as Doc was still there. ESPN first reported.
They Clippers have called about almost every available small forward type, but no one is in a rush to take Jamal Crawford, Austin Rivers, and a distant first-round pick. That won't get them Wilson Chandler, and the Wiz threw their phones on the floor when the Clippers inquired about Otto Porter, per league sources.
Jackson pursued Rivers as a free agent in the summer but was outbid. Rivers is the son of Clippers coach/general manager Doc Rivers, making such a maneuver complicated. The Knicks had some interest in Crawford as a free agent as he fits Jackson’s profile as a big guard.
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