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Report: Trevor Ariza to sign 4-year, $32 million deal with Rockets

Jul 12, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT

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The Rockets missed out on a major free agent acquisition this summer, but it appears as though they’ve succeeded in securing a more than serviceable player who was far less expensive.

Chris Bosh was reportedly nearing the finish line on a four-year max deal to go to Houston, which had the Rockets pulling the trigger on a trade to send Jeremy Lin to the Lakers in order to clear the necessary cap space to make it happen.

But in the wake of losing LeBron James, the Heat came hard at Bosh with a five-year max contract that was an offer ultimately too good for him to pass up.

Houston was, however, able to add some significant talent to the roster.

From Sam Amick of USA Today:

The Houston Rockets have agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal with free agent small forward Trevor Ariza, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.

Ariza had somewhat of a breakout season in Washington last year, posting numbers that were his best since (somewhat ironically) last playing for the Rockets back in the 2009-10 season. He averaged 14.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, while shooting 40.7 percent from three-point distance.

Ariza’s first stint in Houston was ill-fated, because the Rockets gave Ariza a generous contract that came with it the expectations of being one of the team’s primary scorers. It didn’t work out, and he was dealt after just one season.

This time around, there will be no such pressure. Ariza will be asked to defend and compliment the primary Rockets players like Dwight Howard and James Harden, and should be a nice talent upgrade for the price.

  1. sire2334 - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Otto time!

    • chicagosports2014 - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      Houston went all the way to plan D, hahahahahehe


      • elrock7 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:23 PM

        First they want Lowry, Then sign Ariza, Maybe Hakeem isn’t busy these days.

      • sire2334 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        Lol…true, but they got him at a good price. They also didn’t need too much.

      • apkyletexas - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        Not as bad as the Heat – they wanted Lowry but ended up signing Granger.

      • elrock7 - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        Just pointing out that they seem to want to sign only former rockets

  2. maf586 - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    No mention of how this situation effects the parsons offer sheet??

    • apkyletexas - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      Bosh was going to be $22 million a year on average, so there should be plenty of room for both Parsons and Ariza.

    • psubeerman21 - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      He is gone, of course. They got a guy with the same skill set for 7 million less a year.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      Rockets are strongly considering matching the offer for Parsons but haven’t made a final decision yet.

      They can afford both because they’d be signing Parsons using his Bird rights, meaning they can go over the salary cap so long as he’s only officially signed by the Rockets after Ariza is signed.

      From there, the Rockets will experiment with trying either Parsons or Ariza as an undersized power forward in certain lineups who spaces the floor, similar to how the Heat used Shane Battier before he retired. Otherwise, they would stagger their minutes.

      • iammr713 - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:57 AM

        that would be a dumb move.. Ariza nor Parsons can’t stop Blake, Duncan, Lee, Ibaka, Dirk, Aldridge, Z-Bo.. Ariza & Parsons play the same way.

    • rileyfree - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      They will re-sign him, probably at the last minute after another FA is signed.

  3. lakerade - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    I guess the Wizards’ offer was lower. Nice addition for Houston, but does it put them over the top? At least Parsons’ contract will be easier to swallow now.

  4. Hard On For Harden - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Wouldn’t say that it didn’t work out with Ariza in 09-10, a trade opportunity just came up with Courtney Lee and he was a better fit scorin wise at the time. I’m ok with this though, half of what you would have paid Parsons and this contract is much easier to trade.

  5. phillyguyindc - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    This website said the Wizards were offering $9 million and they said it was too little. I don’t know id the years were reported though. 4 years takes him to he’s 33.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      Wizards only offered 3 years and held firm on that issues.

      Rockets got Ariza because they were willing to do 4 years. Ariza wanted as much guaranteed money up front since he’s a defensive specialist, and even savvy defensive specialists usually decline as they get close to 35 years old. That’s why Shane Battier fell out of the Heat’s rotation and retired this past season at age 35.

  6. watermelon1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Was actually hoping wizards would NOT pay Ariza this kind of money. But that’s because I thought they would be going after Deng or other free agents.

    Interested to see what they do now…

  7. stewielucky4 - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Nice replacement for Parsons. You have to wonder how much of his big season was due to him being in a contract year though. He’s been up and down throughout his career.

    • rileyfree - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      Don’t think he’s just a replacement. They keep both.

  8. patrickla818 - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Trevor is still bitter after Lakers dealt him after he helped them reach the Finals in ’08, which they lost to Celtics and then went on to win back to back! He was a great defender and shot the 3 ball well.

    • Hard On For Harden - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      Uh, Ariza was also on the Lakers team that beat the Magic in 09. And he wasn’t traded, he just signed outright with the Rockets and Ron Artest headed to LA. Brush up on your teams history, not like it was that long ago.

      • foz0606 - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        It’s painful how dumb most Lakers fans are.

    • blackman24 - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      Helped them reach the Finals in 08? Fool, he played 24 games that year and didn’t even play in the postseason.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      You do know he left as a FA don’t you?

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      During Trevor’s time with the Lakers, he shot .320% from 3 pt land…

      That is BELOW the league average, so I would say he shot the 3 ball well considering he was below league average.

      To Trevor’s credit, he did shoot a VERY GOOD .531% from 2 pt range during his time with just the Lakers.

  9. irvfin3 - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    I hope this means that they don’t match Parsons’ offer with the Mavs. It would make absolutely no sense.

  10. 00maltliquor - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Soooo….what’s the situation with Parsons?

    And if they do get him too, why would Trevor go to a team that he knows is quick to trade him, and come off the bench? He had a way better situation in Washington. Decent contract for him but do you really want to be paying that much to a bench player?

    • casualcommenter - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      …There are plenty of bench players getting around over $7 million per year.
      Just this offseason, Isaiah Thomas got over $7 million per year to come off the bench for the Suns. Manu Ginobili for most of his career with Spurs has gotten paid way more than $8 million per year to be a bench player. Same for Jason Terry of the Mavericks.

      So $7+ million for a bench player isn’t irregular at all. Your own team did it with Lamar Odom. Odom was getting over $8 million per year as a bench player for the Lakers in his 6th man of the year campaign…

      • campcouch - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:01 PM

        True,but Trevor Ariza is no Manu,Terry or Odom. This guys seriously contributed to championships and are legit 6th men. I doubt Ariza’s intent was to return to H-Town and be a backup to Chandler Parsons. He may come to regret not continuing the role he had in Washington.

  11. jgreiner9 - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Good. Now hope the rockets go get a pg that fits with harden and howard. Eric Bledsoe would be a good fit i think. Don’t know how high Phoenix would reach for him after signing Isaiah Thomas jr and dragjic (sp?).

    • realfootballfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      Phoenix is building their team around Bledsoe and has repeatedly said so here locally.

      • themanchine - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:24 PM

        So Thomas is 6th man? Gerald Green at SF and Tucker PF?

      • realfootballfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:06 PM

        probably, but I don’t know. However, they have said before the end of the regular season, before FA started, and during FA that they’ll match any offer for Bledsoe. Maybe Hornacek will do a 3guard small ball thing. I really don’t know. I am planning to get some tickets this upcoming season though to check them out because it at least sounds entertaining, which is all I’d be looking for as someone who isn’t attached to any particular team.

      • rileyfree - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        So is Dragic available?

  12. realfootballfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    That’s what I was thinking. Didn’t they have him before? This does absolutely nothing but get McHale to another 1 and done playoff series to go with his others in Minnesota as GM and this past year. Once in his career outside the first round of the playoffs. Once.

  13. mackcarrington - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    I don’t blame him, but Ariza has always chased the money. At least this time he didn’t step down in terms of the quality of teams.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      What else should he be chasing. He’s already got a ring. He’s a freaking role player. What should he do? Take a midlevel exception to get a ring? Some of you people to come back to the real world the rest of us live in.

  14. psubeerman21 - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Parsons is gone. He isn’t worth 15 million a year. Ariza is worth 8 million easy. Good signing.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      Yep, I think they pretty much are replacing Parsons with him on a cheaper contract. I think it’s a wise move because although Parsons can demand more money, he certainly isn’t worth as much to the Rockets as he’ll be to what the Mavericks want to do with him in their system.

  15. cruzan80 - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Would love to see Deng take his place in D.C.

  16. themanchine - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    I think Houston matches the Parsons’ offer and plays Ariza & Parsons together upfront.

  17. titansbro - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Ariza & A Bradley both 4/$32m. Who’s better?

  18. lazegowizfan95 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Wow really I don’t see how this is a better situation yes Rockets have great players in Howard and Harden but really that’s it. They got kicked out the playoffs in the first round when they had Parsons which Is better than Ariza what makes him think that he has a better chance of winning with the Rockets than the Wizards. I highly doubt Wizards will match they shouldn’t let him go find out for his self there are still solid 3’s out there in the FA like Deng, Evan Turner, and Mike Scott.

  19. mdp44 - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Funny how lakers fans r still butt hurt about d12 leaving. Ur team is gonna suck for a long time

  20. campcouch - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Damien Lillard’s Dagger Three changed the course of Houston basketball. Morey panicked because he dumped all that cash on Harden and Howard and got bounced rather quickly. Instead of upgrading the bench, he rolled the dice on Parsons’ loyalty, the desire of Anthony or Bosh to play there and apparently the wishes of his draft pick. Good CYA on his part with this signing, but sometimes greed is not good. Let Parsons go to Dallas, use that extra money to shore up your bench and try free agency next year.

    • ddarqwon - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      The Lillard shot changed nothing. The plan to go after another premier player was there all along. It was part of the selling point for Howard and the flexibility to do so was set in motion two years ago with the refusal to cave on Dragic’s player option request.

      Whatever Morey’s flaws are, panicking is not one of them. He is as deliberate and forward-thinking as they come in the NBA.
      In fact, had it not been for another GM (Riley) panicking, Morey’s plan would have worked almost flawlessly.
      As it stands they are still in pretty good position to contend considering they were already a top 5 team in the league (top 4 in the West).

  21. csbanter - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    So the Rockets believe Ariza is an upgrade over Parsons. They had him 5 years ago and traded him. Maybe if they can get Howard to hit some free throws and Harden to play real defense they can contend with the Spurs.

    • deetrain11 - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:23 AM

      The went 3-1 against the spurs in the reg. season…..spurs were glad they didn’t have to face rockets. They really don’t have a answer for Howard inside!!

      • letangusespertplus - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:03 AM

        The Thunder swept the spurs and lost in 6. Your point is stupid. Spurs would have man handled anyone in the WCF the way they were playing.

      • foz0606 - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        The Rockets were actually 4-0 against SA last year. Speaking as a Rocket fan, it wouldn’t have mattered. Spurs would of won.

  22. spursareold - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Did the Rockets really just overpay Ariza again?

    • foz0606 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:01 AM

      Uh…Ariza at 8 mil average is solid I’d say, especially on this market.

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