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Report: Trevor Ariza could be close to re-signing with Wizards after he saw how much they gave Marcin Gortat

Jul 1, 2014, 11:35 PM EDT

Trevor Ariza, Alexis Ajinca, Marcin Gortat Trevor Ariza, Alexis Ajinca, Marcin Gortat

Trevor Ariza knows how this works.

1. Play really well before becoming an unrestricted free agent.

2. Work the market

3. Profit.

With a career year for the Wizards this season, Ariza completed Step 1 – just as he did in 2009, when he drew a five-year, nearly $34 million contract.

Here are Ariza’s win shares each season of his career. The red spikes represent the seasons before he became an unrestricted free agent.


Ariza is in Los Angeles working on Step 2, but the $60 million contract Washington just gave Marcin Gortat – who earned the same $7,727,280 salary as Ariza last season – has Ariza ready to pounce.

J. Michael of CSN Washington:

Soon after Marcin Gortat re-signed for five years and $60 million with the Wizards, Trevor Ariza — in a somewhat surprising move — was on the phone with the front office to work out details on what could turn into a deal late Tuesday, several people with knowledge of the situation told CSN Washington.

Ariza was expected to take a few days, after hearing pitches from other teams, before getting on the phone with president Ernie Grunfeld to discuss a possible deal. However, a person with knowledge of the situation said he may have been “inspired” to just get a deal done such as Gortat who didn’t hesitate in re-signing.

If Ernie Grunfeld is handing out $60 million contracts, Ariza wants to know where he can sign. There’s no need to leverage for more if extracting a high salary from Washington is this easy.

The Wizards bought Gortat’s loyalty. If they want to do the same for Ariza, I’m sure he’d also pledge his allegiance to the Wiz.

  1. seasickcecil - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    That’s not possible. Everyone is sighting with the Heat.

  2. getlow81 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    If Trevor Ariza gets anywhere near $12 million per year, the Wizards are making a huge mistake.

    • kinggw - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:54 PM

      Grunfeld is running the show,I wouldn’t be surprised.

      Instead of overpaying Ariza coming off a career year, he should be leaving the Wiz a chance to make a run at Durant a few years from now.

  3. seasickcecil - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Please understand this report is erroneous. Trevor is sighting with the Heat. Melo is signing with the Heat. Gortat is signing with the Heat. Every free agent is signing with the Heat. They are all signing for $490 just so they have a chance at a championship with a team that just suffered the worst beat down in NBA finals history. Doesn’t everybody know that?

    • cantonb0und13 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:57 PM

      In other news, I drove by Chipotle today, instead I made myself a fish sandwich. Yay me!

    • dj3garrett - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:13 AM

      Good to see that the Miami Heat is still on your mind… An article about Ariza and the Wizards… Yet you’re bringing Miami up… Why don’t you talk about the Spurs and them winning? It already seems like the 2014 NBA Finals will be remembered most for having the Heat lose in it instead of the actual winner… Kind of like the 2011 winner…

      • elcapitanfiscal - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:26 AM

        Leave my Mavs out of this!

  4. fordmandalay - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Insane amounts of money being paid to mid-level talent.

  5. cantonb0und13 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Looks like the Wizards won’t be getting Kevin Durant in 2016… Ariza sure loves contract years.

    • shanelsweet - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      Signing good players to long term deals makes it easier to trade them later when you need to clear room under the cap to sign a great player. When Durant’s available, he’s coming home to DC to play with Wall & Beal.

  6. seasickcecil - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Can I get your recipe?

    • cantonb0und13 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      Nah bruh

  7. 00maltliquor - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Alright Mitch, what’s Plan C?

  8. paleihe - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    Ariza went from being a 4th/5th option, hitting corner 3’s with the Lakers in 2009, to being a 1st/2nd option on the Rockets in 2010. Him not being able to replicate the win shares isn’t due to him not being a good role player, it’s that he’s just a role player.

    Teams were expecting too much of him. Now that he’s again a 3-and-D guy, he can thrive in that position.

    12 million though, way too much. Probably 5-7.

  9. lakerade - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:38 AM

    Good. No returning to the Lakers. New blood. And Love.

  10. rrhoe - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    I think WAS should’ve let the market dictate Gortat’s worth and then matched,and while there’s the chance he could leave you don’t end up overpaying. The fourth and fifth year of this deal will be a killer for the team. Four yrs and 40mil would’ve been a good starting point,3yrs and 30 would’ve been great,as starting points,sometimes you never know.

    • unxpexted1 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:28 AM

      He’s a big, you always overpay for a big. Also, who’s gonna hold down the fort down low once Nene contracts expires in a few years. It’s really not the worse deal in the world.

  11. unxpexted1 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    I really like Ariza, He’s the perfect fit for the Wiz and you can tell there is some real chemistry there. But I really hope we don’t overpay for him. He’s not worth it. I’m sure he’s going to use the leverage of his relationship with Wall and what he did in the playoffs, but we have no bench, and a 3 and D guy, no matter how good is not worth 12 milly.

  12. mutasian - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    they won’t give him that same money. he is not getting that money anywhere. who knows if he will play as well next year. odds are against him. but still, go Bruins!

  13. wowwowbad - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Though the Wiz made Playoff last year but I still don’t think they are good enough to compete. Wall is a star unquestionable and Beal is a above average player but not a star. Gortat is simply overpaid as well as fragile Nene. Booker is so limited offensively and Seraphin never live up to his potential after these years. Ariza is going to ask about the same money as Gortat just signed and if he cannot get it he’s going to sign elsewhere either a contender or a team can pay him a lot.

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