SF Trevor Ariza will soon be an unrestricted free agent once the offseason starts, and one team already has some real interest in obtaining his services. That team is the Atlanta Hawks. However, I don’t think Atlanta will be the only ones looking to add a player like Ariza.
In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Washington Wizards made it a priority to bring him back. The Wizards loved what Ariza did for them this season considering he was a big reason why they were not too far from making it into the Eastern Conference Finals. So why get rid of an important piece when the team is so close to getting to the next level? For this reason, it is going to be hard for the Hawks to pry away Ariza from Washington.
In order to make the move happen they will have to open up their wallets a little more than they had hoped for. So, this raises the question — is Ariza worth spending that kind of money on? I don’t think so. Atlanta already has a player on the current roster named DeMarre Carroll who does almost everything Ariza can do but at a much lower price. Why would GM Danny Ferry make this kind of move? Unless he plans on trading Carroll or something, there is no reason to bring in someone like Ariza for the price he would command.
With the Hawks last year, Carroll put up 11.1 points and grabbed 5.5 rebounds per game. Want to know what Ariza did with the Wizards? He basically had the same statistics as he averaged 14.4 points and pulled down 6.2 rebounds per game. Yes, he might bring a little more scoring to the table, but I’d rather see Carroll get another year to develop. Last season was his first time ever being in the starting five, and he really played well for a guy who had never been a starter. Let’s see what he will do next year instead of going out and getting a guy who is a little older for a much higher price.