Trevor Ariza is currently in the last year of his contract with the Washington Wizards.
Washington is currently paying him $7,272,280 for the 2013-14 season. Ariza has provided the Wizards with perimeter defense and offense during his time with the franchise. He recently hit a franchise record 10 three-pointers vs. the Houston Rockets, but had a horrible foul that led to the game winning free-throws from James Harden. This is Ariza’s second year with Washington and his performance this year should determine if it chooses to re-sign him.
The Wizards currently need to upgrade at the small forward position. If Washington re-signs him, it should be for less than $7 million a year. Next season, he can be a frontcourt role player that Washington can bring off the bench. He is currently averaging 14.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game and shoots 40 percent behind the three-point arc.
Washington has been involved in trade rumors recently, but not many involving Ariza’s name. He is currently an essential piece to Washington’s playoff push. Washington should look into re-signing Ariza to help the franchise continue its rebuilding process. The franchise will need to strongly consider what they are going to do with Otto Porter Jr. before deciding if the team should re-sign Ariza.
The team drafted Porter during the 2013 draft with the third overall pick. Otto is suppose to grow in Washington and eventually thrive like John Wall and Bradley Beal. He has not succeed thus far. The team needs to act on keeping either Ariza or Porter and letting the other go. The Wizards must decide if Ariza can help Porter mature or if the Wizards even need Ariza’s help in the future. Trevor has not played this well since 2009. Washington also needs to hope his good playing is not a phase.
There are some very interesting free agents in the upcoming offseason that Washington should take a look into. Some examples of players that would look nice in a Wizard uniform are Luol Deng, Danny Granger or Jordan Hill.
Right now, it is too soon to know what Washington should do with Ariza, but I doubt the team will see a promising trade for him. Re-signing him will all depend on his playoff performance. If not, Washington should focus on other free agent signings and letting Ariza go.