Ariza to DC : Oubre JR to PHX : Austin Rivers OUT

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Influential Trevor Ariza has left the Phoenix Suns in exchange for younger talent in the form of Kelly Oubre Jr. Oubre is playing his best basketball of his career, but will looking for max money when his contract expires at the end of the season, a move that Washington was not willing to make. Austin Rivers was also removed from the wage bill of Washington, but the Suns will not be undertaking his contract for the rest of season, and RIvers will be a free agent.

Trevor Ariza has left Phoenix, and will join the Washington WIzards for the second time in his career. This will be the second team that he is re-joining for the second time in his career, with D.C. in need of a culture change. Coach Scott Brooks is struggling to harness the talent that is at his disposal, something that he’s been accused of in his past with the squad he led in OKC. Max players Bradley Beal, John Wall, and Otto Porter are in need of leadership, and Ariza may be a temporary fix to what seems to be a long term problem. Washington is currently 6 games back from a .500 record at 12-18, but nothing less than a playoff spot will satisfy front office expectations. Ariza looks like Brooks’ last chance in a move that will make or break his coaching future with the Wizards.

Kelly Oubre joins a Phoenix Suns team that is starting to acquire some real talent. The Suns have one of the youngest rosters in the NBA, and the talent on that roster has yet to reach full potential. Deandre Ayton is proving that he will be an All Star level player, averaging a cool 15 points and 10 boards a game in his rookie season. Kelly Oubre will bring more young potential, as well as a physical presence that will be able to create his own shot. Adding that to the young core of Warren, Jackson, Booker and more will possibly give Phoenix a stepping stone to climb out of the bottom of the Western Conference, and into the conversation of sniping a playoff spot.

After agreeing to send Trevor Ariza to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Kelly Oubre JR and Austin Rivers, the Phoenix Suns have decided to part ways with Rivers, making him a free agent. Rivers is averaging 9.3 points per game in seven seasons in the league. Rivers was unable to make a lasting impression in his 29 games with the Wizards, and his future is in question. Some rumored parties that may be interested in his services include the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Miami Heat.

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