The Phoenix Suns have agreed (for real this time) to send swingman Trevor Ariza to the Washington Wizards in exchange for small forward Kelly Oubre and point guard Austin Rivers.
A three-team trade involving the Suns, Wizards and Memphis Grizzlies fell through quite bizarrely on Friday night due to a miscommunication. The deal for Ariza was meant for the Grizzlies to be involved but the agreement was broken because Memphis was of the view that they were trading MarShon Brooks while the Suns thought they were getting Dillon Brooks.
The Grizzlies and Suns did not communicate directly, using Washington as a conduit. And things broke down when they realized they had been talking about two different players.
Wizards are trading Austin Rivers and Kelly Oubre to the Suns, league sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/GmbeUXzZT3— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 15, 2018
On Saturday, however, the deal between the Suns and Wizards was revived; Ariza is now headed to Washington while Oubre and Rivers will be going the other way.
"After last night's trade confusion, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania of The Athletic are reporting Saturday that the Suns will now send Ariza to Washington in exchange for Kelly Oubre and Austin Rivers," NBA.com reports.
Charania has gone on to report that no picks are involved in the trade.
Ariza spent two seasons with the Wizards - 2012-14 - and had a great partnership with John Wall and Bradley Beal. He blossomed into a respected three-point shooter whilst there and benefitted from playing alongside the backcourt pair, who made life beyond the arc relatively easy for him.
The veteran averaged 14.4 points per game in his second season with the team, hitting 45.6 percent of his field goals while converting almost 41 percent of his three-point attempts.
No picks involved. Deal done. Trevor Ariza is a Wizard; Kelly Oubre and Austin Rivers are Suns. https://t.co/HkFFqoOWYx— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 15, 2018
What This Means
Ariza's summer move to Phoenix clearly did not work out but he should feel right at home in Washington and the Wizards will likely see results improve with him in the squad. The 33-year-old is a reliable shooter who is also one of the best perimeter defenders in the league and he will definitely offer some value.
As for the Suns, they are getting a very good player in Oubre. Rivers has been rather inconsistent since entering the NBA but he could prove a good pick-up for Phoenix too.