Trevor Ariza is going to Washington after all, and this time, a deal got done without the Memphis Grizzlies getting involved.
Ariza was officially traded from Phoenix to the Wizards on Saturday after a hectic Friday night where a deal was widely reported but quickly fell apart. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday afternoon that Ariza would, indeed, be heading to D.C. in a reconfigured deal. This time, the trade is much simpler, in part because it didn’t include the Grizzlies and players with the same last name.
The package is a bit different this time, as that was what held up the deal in the first place. A three-team swap would have netted the Wizards Ariza on Friday night, but a disagreement over which Brooks — Dillon or MarShon — would be included in the three-team deal led to things falling apart.
It may sound like a sitcom plot, but it actually happened in a real professional sports league and essentially killed the three-team deal that would have given Memphis would have gotten Kelly Oubre Jr. in the deal as well.