Former Laker, Hornet, Magic forward Trevor Ariza told the Washington Post that he’s not concerned about having to compete with Martell Webster and Washington’s first round pick Otto Porter for plying time this season for the Wizards.
Ariza exercised a $7.8 million option after the season ended, which wasn’t a surprise to the Washington Wizards. It remains to be seen how much playing time Ariza will actually get with Washington, with Martell and Porter looking to pick up heavy minutes this season.
“I’m going to compete. That’s what you’re going to get from me, competition. I’ve done throughout my whole career. Just got out there and play. Not any particular position, just whatever the coaches ask of me, I try to do.” Ariza told the Washington Post
Ariza could have picked up and left for a team who he could have started for. Teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat (can never count them out) and the Atlanta Hawks could have been possible Ariza destinations, at least in my opinion.
I hope this decision to stay with the Wizards works out for Ariza.