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A couple months into the NBA season, it’s long been apparent that the relationship between veteran SF/SG Trevor Ariza and the Phoenix Suns was rocky, at best. Initially reported by Marc Stein, Ariza will be made available for trade after the Dec. 15 window opens. It has also been reported by many that the Cal product is at the top of many teams’ lists of potential targets.
Winning just 4 of their first 19 games thus far, Ariza’s new situation is a far cry from the Western Conference Finals appearance he made with the Houston Rockets a season ago. A bottom-dwelling squad likely isn’t what Ariza thought he signed up for, as quite a few people expected the Suns to take at least a small step forward in 2018-19.
Seeing his numbers take a bit of a hit compared to last year (11.7 PPG to 9.9 PPG, 41% FG to 37% FG), the 33-year-old has managed to knock down nearly 36% of his attempts from behind the arc. With a 6’8″, 215-pound frame to work with, Ariza can still bring value to a team as a three-and-D type of wing.
On a team cluttered with wing players such as Mikal Bridges, Josh Jackson, and T.J. Warren, Ariza will likely be used as leverage to secure Phoenix either a point guard or draft capital to take one in the future.
Less than a year removed from being a key cog in the machine that was nearly an NBA Finals-bound Houston team, Ariza’s value is still significant. In the middle of a one-year, $15 million contract, it will be interesting to see what teams test the trade waters and inquire about him.
Stay tuned for updates as/if needed.