The trade of former Phoenix Sun Trevor Ariza was made official on Monday, the Washington Wizards would announce.
Over the weekend, the Wizards sent Austin Rivers and Kelly Oubre Jr. to Phoenix in the trade for Ariza. However, he isn’t a stranger to the franchise. He did previously play there from 2012-2014 before being dealt to the Houston Rockets. Ariza put pen to paper on a one-year, $15- million contract with the Suns over summer.
“Trevor has been one of the most effective, efficient and versatile players at his position for over a decade,” Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld told reporters in a team announcement. “We are obviously very familiar with the leadership and experience he brings as one of the league’s most respected professionals and look forward to welcoming him back to the team.”
The hope is that Ariza help the Wizards recover from one of the worst starts in franchise history. Come playoff time, there’s hope they could be in the picture. But it’s going to take some work. Meanwhile, Rivers can solidify Phoenix’s need at the point guard position. Plus he’ll pair with another young talent in Devin Booker. Throw in Oubre’s scoring, and he could become one of Phoenix’s key players in 2018.
For now though, the Suns are a league-worst 6-24. They’ve won two in a row. As for the Wizards, they’re 11th out East with a mark of 12-18.