By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on July 13, 2014
Trevor Ariza was part of a pretty deep playoff run last season with the Washington Wizards, but he apparently wanted a four-year deal. Washington did not want to tie up all of that cap room in 2016, because they might be gunning for Kevin Durant. Daryl Morey swooped in to grab Ariza once Chris Bosh re-signed with the Miami Heat, and the the rest is history. Here are the five biggest ramifications of the small forward's contract.
The Wizards wisely did not tie up too much cap room in 2016, which is when they will be aiming at Kevin Durant. LeBron James' return home will not be ignored by the Slim Reaper, and KD is famously close with John Wall. They actually both played at a barnstorm game in D.C. during the NBA lockout, and their chemistry on the court was fantastic.
Missing out on Chris Bosh was not in the game plan, but Daryl Morey was quick to pick up the phone and give Ariza a ring. I wonder if the general manager would have traded Jeremy Lin if he had known Bosh would bail.
The Rockets almost exclusively take three-point jumpers and shots at the rim while trying to limit the medium range opportunities, so they would not have added Ariza if they did not trust his floor spacing. The real question now is whether they will match Chandler Parsons' offer sheet with the Dallas Mavericks.
This was probably the best player (outside of Luol Deng) that they could realistically get their hands on in free agency, but do not be surprised if they try and make another run at Kevin Love.
The small forward expressed his joy about playing with John Wall last season, but he also indicated during his exit interview that he was going to look for the best payday. It is hard to blame him for that, and we will have to see if he is the missing piece for the Rockets' championship hopes.
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