According to reports, there are a large number of teams interested in acquiring Trevor Ariza after he completed a career season with the Washington Wizards, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Washington supposedly has a “number” they’re willing to offer Trevor Ariza and will not get into a bidding war for him. Ariza is due for a raise after earning over $7 million from the Wizards last season, so it’s unclear if that “number” which was reported will exceed $7-10 million. By retaining Marcin Gortat, the Wizards have already used up the majority of their cap space, so re-signing Trevor Ariza could become costly.
With that said, the Wizards have also reportedly expressed interest in a number of free agent wing players that could potentially replace Trevor Ariza.
Caron Butler. A person close to Butler confirmed Thursday that Washington expressed interest in the veteran swingman.
Virtually every player listed by Michael Lee seems very gettable by the Washington Wizards this summer.
Caron Butler was an All-Star with the Washington Wizards earlier in his career and is obviously very familiar with the organization. At 34-years old, Butler hasn’t been in All-Star form for quite some time, but he does possess the ability to shoot from the outside and players typically improve when playing along side John Wall, as we saw with both Martell Webster and Trevor Ariza.
Anthony Morrow has also been linked to the Miami Heat and will likely end up on a championship contending team.
Marvin Williams never lived up to his draft selection, but he’s been pretty solid throughout his career. Williams averaged over 9 points and 5 rebounds with the Utah Jazz last season while shooting about 36% from three. Again, playing along side John Wall has upped players’ percentages in the past, and that would likely be the case with Williams as well.
Danny Granger is also a former All-Star, but failed to make a major contribution with the Los Angeles Clippers after getting surprisingly traded by the Indiana Pacers. Granger hasn’t been able to stay healthy, but he could be a good veteran addition if he ends up signing cheap. I don’t know if he’s capable of playing starters minutes at this point in his career.
And lastly, P.J. Tucker. In my opinion, he’s probably the most suitable replacement for Trevor Ariza on the market, besides Luol Deng who’s likely out of Washington’s price range. Like Ariza, Tucker is an impressive defender, rebounds the ball and shoots the corner three point shot with efficiency, which is a huge part of Washington’s offense. Tucker averaged over 9 points and nearly 7 rebounds last season with the Phoenix Suns. He’s a restricted free agent.
So, although the Washington Wizards will probably continue to pursue Trevor Ariza, they have reached out to plenty of candidates that could end up being his replacement.