February 23, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball as Washington Wizards small forward Trevor Ariza (1) defends in the fourth quarter at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 105-103. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: Washington Wizards Trade Trevor Ariza To Houston Rockets, Get Trade Exception In Return

The Washington Wizards acquired Paul Pierce last night as a replacement for Trevor Ariza, who agreed to a deal with the Houston Rockets, but it looks like they’ll also get some flexibility back.

According to multiple reports, including this one from David Aldridge, the Wizards have agreed to a sign-and-trade with the Houston Rockets, which will send Trevor Ariza to Houston in exchange for an $8.5 million trade exception and Melvin Ely. Ely has an non-guaranteed contract and will likely be waived.

By adding the trade exception, the Washington Wizards could acquire any player that makes $8.5 million or less without having to match the salary. Basically, it will give the Washington Wizards some more flexibility and another way to add talent. If you want a more detailed explanation about trade exceptions, check out Mike Prada’s update on the situation.

The Washington Wizards will have a year to use the trade exception or let it expire.

Washington added a small forward replacement for Trevor Ariza by signing Paul Pierce, but they do still have some weaknesses on the roster. Trevor Booker is expected to be back, but the trade exception could be used to acquire more front court depth. Washington may choose to use the trade exception soon, but they could also wait for more opportunities to come during the season such as the trade deadline.

As Mike Prada pointed out, players such as Ersan Ilyasova have been in the rumor mill for quite a while and the Wizards could use their trade exception to acquire someone of that caliber.

Although it seemed like the Wizards would have some trouble bouncing back from Trevor Ariza’s exit, Ernie Grunfeld and the rest of Washington’s management have done a terrific job this offseason. They’ve added more veteran leadership and flexibility for future moves.

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