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Report: Mavericks, Lakers, Cavaliers, Heat and Wizards pursuing Trevor Ariza

Jul 7, 2014, 5:31 PM EDT

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Contract year Trevor Ariza always does well for himself.

Ariza had a career best year last season with the Wizards — a big jump to 14.4 points a game and it came with a jump in an efficiency — just as his contract came up with the Wizards. Teams get to decide whether that was Ariza maturing at age 28 or if (like his good season with the Lakers five years ago) that was focus brought on by financial considerations.

Either way, he’s about to get paid and according to Ken Berger at a few teams lined up for him.

Two things to note here that Berger talked about in later tweets. First, the Wizards are hard after Ariza too, trying to keep their group back from last season and they are in the mix with a healthy contract. Second, the Heat can only make that kind of financial offer through a sign-and-trade (not likely) or because one of the big three left and there was financial room. Which is to say, the Heat are basically out of the mix.

The Mavericks, Cavaliers and Lakers are all also in a holding pattern waiting for the LeBron James/Carmelo Anthony free agency bottleneck to shake loose. What they can or will offer depends on what decisions those two make.

That said, a 28-year-old wing who can both shoot the three and defend, you can bet Ariza is about to get paid.

  1. rrhoe - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    He does have a knack for working the system…..

    • paleihe - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      He wasn’t working the system. He went from being a 4th/5th option on the Lakers, playing defense and hitting corner 3’s in 2009, to being a 1st/2nd option in 2010 for the Rockets. He’s a solid role player, 3-and-D guy that excels at both.

      He’s gotta be put in a position to win, and when he’s in that position, he excels. He’s a fantastic role player, don’t expect him to create shots or carry your team.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:53 AM

        Him asking for 9-11 million a year suggest he thinks otherwise

        I agree with you wholeheartedly. I just don’t think he’s worth more then 7 million per year. But a great 4th guy to have on your team though. I would love to have him back, just not at that price.

      • paleihe - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        I don’t think he views himself as a 1-3 option. But, he’s seeing role players get PAID this year, and rightfully wants some of the action.

        Frye = 8 million
        Bradley = 8 million
        Meeks = 6 million
        Ben freaking Gordon = 4.5 million

        I’d rather have Ariza over all of them. But yes, him on the Lakers would be great, and yeah, 9-11 million is not something I’d want my team paying him.

  2. kb2408 - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Cross Miami off the list….he’s not signing for the peanuts they have left to offer.

    • billtetley53 - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:56 PM

      And the Heat will still be light years better than the lakers. How is it that you whine about people “trolling and hating” the lakers, yet you are on EVERY heat article. Biggest know nothing hypocrite on this site.

      I think your crossdressing ways are clouding your judgement.

      • kb2408 - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        That was hilarious. How do you come up such witty lines? And the cross dressing blast was especially funny. But it was even funnier two weeks ago when you used it, dolt.

      • billtetley53 - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:33 PM

        Kb, it wasnt meant to be funny, the truth isnt humorous most of the time.

        I was told you perform in a drag show in West Hollywood.

        But hey, too each their own. It would explain your preoccupation and worshipping of kobe though.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:07 PM

        You’ve got this guy’s number, and he doesn’t like it.

    • jzone954 - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      I would think a coach might be a little more important for LA maybe?

      • jzone954 - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:49 PM

        Kb, top candidate to fill the lakers coaching vacancy? Got one?

  3. therealhtj - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    All you had to do was do a find & replace on 2009 with 2013 and Lakers with Wizards.

    Otherwise it’s pretty much the same article now as it was then. He’ll end up getting another MLE.

  4. fordmandalay - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    I’d be all for the Lakers signing Ariza and Lance Stephenson, and getting out of the Carmelo/Lebron hunt. With Julius Randle, they’d have a good chance at building a young hot team, instead of being stuck AGAIN with aging retreads.

  5. flickflint - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    These same teams are involved with 100% of every free agent story

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:00 AM

      Hence the reason that free agency has been going on at a snail-slow pace. Once the 2 shoes drop (James, Anthony) then things will get running.

  6. sawick48 - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    ariza is a really nice player. GREAT as a 3 and D guy. but in the 4 years prior to this past one (his contract year) the guy averaged .406 fg% and .333 3p%. i understand he had a great season, and he is still relatively young, but as a guy making 10-11M per year over the next 4 seasons for your club? yikes. no thanks for me.

    (then again, my team just re-upped avery ’60 games a year’ bradley for $32M over 4 so, what do i know)

  7. thisgrilledcheez - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    “Contract year Trevor Ariza”? Is that his nickname?

    • casualcommenter - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      It’s a joke nickname among basketball pundits. Bill Simmons using it all the time.

      He has a curious habit of upping his game in contract years…almost as if he’s a different player, haha.

  8. handsomerob86 - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    I always liked Ariza from his time on the Magic as a backup. A really good hustle player. If you give him the minutes and opprotunity he will put up that 14 ppg, and he does play great D. Hes not as good as Deng, but I do think he is worth a little more than the mid-level. Prob 6-8 mil per. When hes on your team, he will be a fan favorite.

  9. handsomerob86 - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    I always liked Ariza from his time on the Magic as a backup. A really good hustle player. If you give him the minutes and opportunity he will put up that 14 ppg, and he does play great D. Hes not as good as Deng, but I do think he is worth a little more than the mid-level. Prob 6-8 mil per. When hes on your team, he will be a fan favorite.

  10. mackcarrington - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    If the NBA operated with everyone getting 1 year contracts every year, guys like this would be on track to make the Hall Of Fame.

  11. muhangis - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    I’ll keep it simple: He’s an above average player, at best. Good role player but not a plus in the starting role. Worth under $8 M.

  12. fordmandalay - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Jzone, you’ve got a Hell of a good point. The Lakers just seem to be doing a lot of waiting and no actual moving. The past few years have really made me question Kupchak’s competency.

  13. lakerade - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Lance and Chandler. Make it so, Mitch.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:06 AM

      Oh just kidding…Parsons.

      That would be EXCELLENT! I’d take that in a heartbeat over just Melo! MAKE IT SO MITCH, make it so!

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