NBA Rumor: Trevor Ariza Trade

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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.”

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.
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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.

Candace Buckner: So much to unpack here, but here’s what I’ve heard… per the understanding of a league source: 1. For over a week, Phoenix & Memphis had conversations re: Dillon Brooks. Phx even requested Dillon’s physical. 2. Washington wanted Ariza & had convos with Phx picked up 3 days ago 3. Washington and Phoenix had understanding about all players involved in trade & knew it was Dillon Brooks as part of Memphis end. 4. Deal never got to official conf. call btw the 3 teams, was told deal died on MEM’s end 5. “Memphis maybe got cold feet,” said the league source.

The Suns, who signed Ariza in as a free agent in July, can’t trade the small forward until Saturday. The current NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement states: a free agent who signs a contract cannot be traded for three months following the date the contract is signed or until December 15, whichever is later. When asked about his name being involved in trade rumors, Ariza said: “It is what it is. I don’t have anything to do with it. My job is to come out and play.”
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