Many NBA insiders feel the Washington Wizards may trade Trevor Ariza come the upcoming deadline, but according to CSNWashington.com the Wizards appear to be hopeful they can re-sign Ariza at season end.
Based on the 2014 free-agent pool, which isn’t that special, and the way Trevor Ariza is playing for the Wizards he’s going to heavily sought after in the offseason. Trust, the Wizards realize it, and barring an unforeseen circumstance they’re going to do their best to retain the 6-8 forward.
Ariza is considered to be a relatively solid wind defender, something a handful of teams (say like the Charlotte Bobcats) have expressed interest in obtaining. So it comes as a bit of a shock that the Wizards are looking to keep Ariza rather than trade him given his presumed value in the trade market.
Of course, a lot can happen in the coming days but it’s possible the Wizards don’t feel they’ll be able to obtain enough for Ariza in a trade and he’s more serviceable remaining on their roster moving forward.
Guess we’ll find out soon.