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Move to Houston won't alter Trevor Ariza's trajectory
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
|(9/17/14) Trevor Ariza parlayed a career-year into a lucrative free-agency contract with the Rockets this offseason -- stop me if you've heard this story before.
Ariza was largely a disappointment in his first stint with the Rockets, though it did lead him to the best per-game numbers of his career. Still, Ariza was obviously miscast as a primary offensive option the last time he was in Houston, and that won't be a problem this time around.
Ariza joins a Rockets team with two established stars, and will likely spend much of his time trying to fill the departed Chandler Parsons' role. That should suit him nicely, as Ariza has just enough of an off-the-bounce game to serve as the team's third ballhandler when the shot clock gets deep. Ariza attempted 11.1 field-goal attempts per game last season, and should see a boost given Parsons' role; he attempted 13.3 shots per game.
Ariza's improved three-point shot seems legitimate, as he is shooting 38.6 percent from long range over 738 attempts since 2012. However, he will no longer have John Wall feeding him for juicy corner 3-pointers; Wall to Ariza was the league's most productive corner-three combination last season. His shooting numbers may take a hit with his move.
Even acknowledging the loss of Wall's help, we know the Houston offense is set up to get every player the most efficient shots possible, so Ariza shouldn't see much of a dip in his efficiency. His ability to fill up the box score makes him a perfect No. 2 option at forward in category-based leagues, especially now that he is a high-volume shooter.
Wizards, Rockets, Pelicans finalize three-team deal
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(7/14/14) The Wizards, Rockets and Pelicans have agreed to a three-team trade involving Trevor Ariza, Alonzo Gee, Omer Asik and Omri Casspi, David Aldridge of NBA.com reports on Sunday.
The Pelicans will receive Asik, Casspi and $1.5 million cash from Houston. The Rockets will get Ariza, Gee and a 2015 protected first-round pick from the Pelicans. The Wizards will receive Melvin Ely 's unguaranteed contract and a $8.5 million trade exception.
Trevor Ariza signs four-year deal with Rockets
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
|(7/12/14) Free agent forward Trevor Ariza is repeating history, as he opted to sign as a free agent with the Rockets for the second time in his career, as first reported by USA Today.
Ariza has agreed to a four-year deal worth $32 million, with Yahoo.com reporting he will have a declining salary in each year, starting at $8.6 million in 2014-15.
Ariza put together one of the finest seasons of his career last year, averaging 14.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for the Wizards. He also shot a career-best 40.7 percent from three-point range, after posting a career-best 36.4 percent mark the previous season.
Trevor Ariza perfect from three-point range in Game 1 win
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(5/5/14) Wizards forward Trevor Ariza scored 22 points on 7 of 10 shooting, including 6 of 6 shooting from behind the arc, in his team's 102-96 win in Indiana in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Monday.
Ariza had an up-and-down first round, scoring 30 points Game 4 against the Bulls but also failing to score more than eight points on two separate occasions. The Wizards did an excellent job in the first quarter Monday to jump out to 28-15 lead heading into the second, and they were able to hang on after the Pacers charged in the second half. Game 2 is scheduled for Wednesday.
Trevor Ariza cleared to play Wednesday
|by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com|
|(4/9/14) Wizards forward Trevor Ariza participated in shootaround Wednesday, and has been medically cleared to play Wednesday against Charlotte after dealing with the flue, CSN Washington reports.
Ariza has enjoyed a breakthrough year, averaging 14.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
|The Rockets have made signing Trevor Ariza coming off a career-season a ritual at this point, as he inked a four-year deal with Houston to serve as Chandler Parsons' replacement. Ariza put together by far the best season of his career a year ago, averaging 14.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while nailing 180 3-pointers at a 40.7 percent clip. He was the third option in Washington's offense and should serve a similar role for the Rockets, as he will be replacing a player in Parsons who averaged 13.3 field-goal attempts per game. If Ariza's shooting from three-point range was not a contract-year fluke, he should be able to at least replicate his production from a year ago, making him a solid Fantasy option worth targeting in the early-middle rounds on Draft Day.
(Updated 8/26/14) |
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