Recent reports have shown that the heavily talked about trade between Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards for Trevor Ariza have fallen apart, to the chagrin of many who looked forward to the spectacular move.
On Friday, David Aldrigde of Athletic posted a tweet claiming the Phoenix Sun’s boss Robert Sarver was determined not to let go of the veteran forward, thereby making the Phoenix resort to other available options.
On the night of that same Friday, the Phoenix Sun almost traded the star with the Washington Wizards. It really seemed as though a trade would click between both teams. In fact, Trevor Ariza must have gotten out of bed that morning and had himself all prepped up for the major move. But things just didn’t work out. The deal fell apart in a manner unlike the world of NBA has ever witnessed.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojinarowski had earlier announced the initial terms of agreement of three team-trade would have sent Ariza to the Washington Wizards, Kelly Oubre to Memphis Grizzles and Austin Rivers, Wayne Selden and Marshon/Dillon Brooks to Phoenix Suns.
A misunderstanding ensued as to which of the Brooks from Memphis Grizzles was up for trade. Marshon Brooks or Dillon Brooks? While Memphis Grizzles thought Marshon Brooks was the player up for trade with Phoenix Sun, the latter on the other hand expected to receive Dillion Brooks.
The trade fell through when it became clear the two different teams were apparently talking of different players. Without wasting time, Memphis Grizzlies backed out of the trade when the confusion cleared up.
So, Trevor Ariza still remains with the Phoenix Sun at the end of the day. Though it is widely believed the Lakers aren’t going to give up on acquiring the golden boy just yet. We expect them to make another move soon, as it is clear Phoenix Sun is open to a new deal with the Lakers side. But if Robert Saver of Phoenix Sun still stands on his decision of not releasing the veteran forward to Lakers, then it is likely another team manages to strike a fair deal with the Phoenix Sun boss and get Trevor Ariza on their books.
According to Laurie Roberts of Arizona Republic, Phoenix Sun’s boss is also noted to have made headlines earlier this week after he disclosed to a member of the Phoenix council that if conflicting sides of the council fail to reach an agreement on arena funding, he really was considering taking the franchise to either Las Vegas or Seattle.