Report: Various teams interested in Trevor Ariza, bidding to start at $9 million per year

Jul 7, 2:12 PM

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Unrestricted forward Trevor Ariza sure picked a good time to have a career year.

Given his price tag, it's unlikely that the Miami Heat could land Ariza. If the "Big three" of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh return, the Heat would be hard-pressed to find $10 million for Ariza.

The other teams implicated make sense. All four teams, including the Dallas Mavericks, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Washington Wizards have holes to fill on the wing. Ariza profiles as a smart, lengthy shut-down wing capable of sinking threes and chipping in on the glass.

The worry with Ariza is two-fold. First, he's injury prone, and has only successfully played a full season once in his career. Second, he posted his best season to date last season, scoring 14.4 points, and grabbing 6.2 rebounds per game, numbers that he has failed to consistently post throughout his career.

The 29-year-old was an important piece of the Wizards' squad last season.

Jul 13, 6:17 PM

Report: Ariza's deal with Houston part of sign-and-trade, Wizards to get trade exception

Jul 13, 6:17 PM

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It doesn't necessarily change much for the Houston Rockets, but their signing of Trevor Ariza is now said to be part of a sign-and-trade deal with the Washington Wizards.

This comes via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, who reports that the Wizards will pick up a trade exception worth $8.5 million in the deal. Since the Wizards must technically receive something tangible in a trade, Houston will likely send a heavily protected future second-round pick or the rights to an international player.

The Wizards will then have one year to use the exception in a future deal.

For the Rockets, all that matters is that they have Ariza, especially now that Chandler Parsons is officially a Dallas Maverick. Depending on what other moves they make this offseason, it's possible that Ariza arriving via sign-and-trade could allow them a bit more flexibility in filling out the roster.

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Jul 12, 5:38 PM

Report: Rockets sign Trevor Ariza to four-year, $32 million deal

Jul 12, 5:38 PM

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It's deja vu for the Houston Rockets and forward Trevor Ariza.

This is the second time the Rockets have signed Ariza, the last time being 2009 when the two parties struck a five-year, $33.5 million deal, which ironically enough, mirrors this current contract.

And of course, Ariza was dealt the next season for a cheaper and younger replacement in Courtney Lee. Ariza then bounced around for a few seasons, often stricken with injuries, before settling down in Washington, where he enjoyed a career year. He averaged 14.4 points. 6.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game last season with the Wizards.

Ariza profiles as a defense-first small-forward who primarily scores off catch-and-shoot scenarios. He is a good three-point shooter, having connected on 40.7 percent of his triples last season. 

The confounding part for Houston is that Ariza plays small forward, which happens to be the same position as Chandler Parsons, who signed an offer to play in Dallas next season. The Rockets have less than 24 hours to make a decision on whether or not to match. 

This signing leaves the Rockets with roughly $6-8 million in cap room, which should afford them the opportunity to add a few more pieces to a potential championship squad. However, they will need to do so before their clock runs out on Parsons.

Jul 12, 12:55 PM

Report: Rockets in pursuit of Trevor Ariza

Jul 12, 12:55 PM

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The Houston Rockets are "seriously pursuing" unrestricted free agent Trevor Ariza, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Stein speculates that this could be a sign the Rockets are exploring their options for replacing Chandler Parsons. Houston has until 11:59 p.m. Sunday to match the three-year, $46-million offer sheet Parsons received from the Dallas Mavericks.

The Rockets are expected to match Parsons' offer sheet, but are reportedly taking their time.

The move could also be spurred by the reported progress the Miami Heat have made in their pursuit of free agent Luol Deng. The Rockets were believed to be among the teams interested in Deng, but Stein reports that it appears the team has fallen out of contention.

Ariza is reportedly seeking a multi-year deal with a yearly salary between $9 and $11 million.

Jun 30, 4:48 PM

Report: 5 teams have interest in free agent Trevor Ariza; Wizards remain front-runner

Jun 30, 4:48 PM

The Washington Wizards have some competition on their hands. Free agent small forward Trevor Ariza has garnered interest from five other teams.

Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns, and Houston Rockets are interested. The Wizards remain the front-runner.

The 29-year-old Ariza averaged 14.4 points per game last season spread over 77 games played.

May 19, 6:02 PM

Impending Wizards free agent Trevor Ariza: 'Free agents would be crazy not to want to come here'

May 19, 6:02 PM

Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza might have tipped his hand with a bold proclamation on Monday.

In an interview with Michael Lee of the Washington Post, Ariza spoke highly of the Wizards' organization, perhaps too highly for his agent's liking:

The organization has been great. My teammates, we hang out all the time, so I think this is a really good destination. Free agents would be crazy not to want to come here

The oft-traded Ariza was rightfully excited about the Washington, as he has played more games for the Wizards in two seasons than any of his other four NBA stops across the Knicks, Magic, Lakers or Hornets.

Ariza is an unrestricted free-agent, and given his age (28) and production, he will likely be among the most sought-after players this offseason. Last season, Ariza averaged 14.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He is an excellent defender, and has a consistent three-point shooting stroke. 

Publicly expressing his feeling for the Wizards might ordinarily hinder his bargaining position, but given that the Wizards are hot off one of their most successful seasons in recent history, it's a near certainty that Washington is interested in re-signing their starting small-forward.