As we told you in our Live Draft last night, barely back, already gone. Trevor Ariza won’t be in Houston for long. He was actually only there a few hours, virtually, since the Houston Rockets decided to transfer it that night to detroit.
The veteran joins the Pistons who sacrificed a future first draft pick but, on the other hand, recovered the 16th pick of the 2020 draft.
With this 16th draft pick, Detroit has set its sights on Isaiah Stewart. After having drafted a point guard with Killian Hayes, Detroit thus offers the mover of the university of Washington to reinforce its racket. A player with good fundamentals and a bit old-fashioned game. Typical Motown.
For the Rockets, this deal allows them to get rid of Trevor Ariza’s contract ($ 12.8 million for the 2020/21 season, but free agent next summer) and therefore to obtain a mid level exception that will allow them to act with more flexibility during the free agency to come.
Trevor Ariza, 35, is a recognized veteran in the league. He landed in Portland last February and played 21 games with the Blazers for 11 points and nearly 5 rebounds on average. He is a skillful player (40% at three points this season) who will bring his invaluable experience to a young but promising squad.
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