Trevor Ariza has made his move despite Friday's confusion that saw the proposed three-team deal between the Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards and Memphis Grizzlies fall through.
On Saturday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic's Shams Charania both announced that the veteran swingman was heading to Washington. The Suns revived the deal, leaving the Grizzlies out of proceedings, and landed themselves a competent pair in Kelly Oubre and Austin Rivers.
The Wizards, on the other hand, have snagged one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, as well as a dependable shooter from long range.
Ariza's move, though, has left the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets out in the cold. The Lakers were very interested in acquiring the small forward, who has helped them win a championship in the past.
Per Wojnarowski, the Rockets also had interest in this deal as they would have helped it on by snatching Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for themselves. A deal for Ariza himself wasn't out of the question on their end either.
The Athletic's David Aldridge has reported that Suns owner Robert Sarver was not keen on doing business with the Lakers and sought other options as he looked to move Ariza on.
The Lakers did get an assist from the Suns on Tyson Chandler, with Phoenix buying him out of his contract earlier in the season. But, for some reason, Sarver was hesitant to send the 33-year-old sharpshooter to Los Angeles.
Per source, Suns owner Robert Sarver was adamant that he would not send Trevor Ariza to the Lakers, so Phoenix pivoted to other options. Wizards desperate for toughness/defensive grit, and would have had difficulty re-signing Oubre next summer.— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) December 15, 2018
What This Means
The Lakers will have to search elsewhere as they look to continue to surround LeBron James with more talent. The Rockets are still thought to be interested in getting Caldwell-Pope but it doesn't appear that a straight swap is possible and another team will have to come into play.
Ariza would have been a really good pick-up for Magic Johnson and Luke Walton and would have likely boosted their campaign. But they have no choice but to forget about him and move on now.