After a three-team deal fell apart last night due to miscommunication, the Washington Wizards persisted and were able to make a deal that worked. Forward Trevor Ariza returns to Washington in a deal that brings Kelly Oubre and Austin Rivers to the Phoenix Suns.
Adrian Wojnarwoski reported last night that the Wizards, Grizzlies and the Suns were all in discussion of a three-way trade that would have the Wizards receive Ariza, while the Grizzlies would get two second-round picks and Oubre and the Suns to receive Wizards guard Austin Rivers and Wayne Selden from Memphis. The deal eventually fell apart due to miscommunication, and after disagreement on whether MarShon Brooks or Dillon Brooks went to the Suns, the deal was announced dead.
The Suns started to look toward Los Angeles as Trevor wanted to go back to a team he was familiar with, because he used to play alongside Kobe during the Lakers Championship run in 2009. With Lebron James, the Lakers, who look to be a lot improved, still could use more of a veteran presence. But they couldn’t pique much interest when they were not willing to let go of any of their young core players.
The Wizards felt they needed the 14-year veteran when they still insisted on a getting a deal done with the Suns, even if meant not including Memphis in the deal. Early Saturday morning, the deal was done to send Trevor Ariza to the Wizards, while the Suns receive Oubre and Rivers. While Phoenix acquires young promising talent to coincide with their already present young talent, the Wizards receive a seasoned veteran that can help turn the culture around from a disappointing season thus far in Washington. The Wizards, who brought in Dwight Howard in the offseason but have possibly lost him for the year due to injury, had a season spiraling out of control with John Wall getting into it with the coach during practice, and starting the season 11-18 and are currently on a 4-game losing streak.
Washington seeks to turn their season around with John Wall and Trevor Ariza back together. Even with all the fallout this season in the nation’s capital, they are in striking distance to be within the playoff race. This being said, it is early in the season and we still haven’t hit the Christmas games yet. It will be very interesting to see how Ariza’s veteran presence in the Wizards locker room will, if at all, change the season outcome. As for the Suns, with plenty of young talent and now adding even better talent, it will be interesting to see how they develop in the following months.