This isn’t exactly shocking news in any sense, but Washington Wizards guard Trevor Ariza plans to exercise his option with the team and not enter free agency.
Absolutely shocking, right?
This means Ariza will make $7.7 million next season with the Wizards before entering free agency after the season. Not bad for a guy who only appeared in 56 games thanks to injury and averaged 9.5 points per game. Michael Lee of The Washington Post had the news first on Twitter:
Trevor Ariza (sore left knee) ruled himself out for final 2 games. Randy Wittman said Martell Webster won't be available either #wizards
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) April 14, 2013
Ariza was shut down back in April by the Wizards thanks to a nagging knee injury, but it’s one that simply needs time and rest to heal.
How the knee holds up will be critical in whether or not Ariza will make a lot of money in free agency after next year. He was in no way going to make anywhere close to his $7.7 million option if he had opted out and tested the market this year.
Ariza will be back with the Wizards next year as the progress of the franchise as a whole continues to fluctuate. If he’s healthy he’ll be able to contribute in a positive manner.
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