Wizards deal Oubre, Rivers to Suns for Ariza

Ben Krimmel
December 15, 2018 - 12:06 pm

Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports


The Washington Wizards have traded forward Kelly Oubre Jr. and guard Austin Rivers to the Phoenix Suns for veteran forward Trevor Ariza, according to multiple media reports Saturday.

The Wizards had agreed to in principle to a deal on Friday to reacquire Ariza, but the three-team trade collapsed just over an hour after news of the trade was leaked.

Ariza, an NBA nomad has been with seven teams in his 15-year career, previously played two seasons in Washington from 2012-2014. 

However, it isn't immediately clear how the 33-year-old Ariza can help the struggling Wizards. 


After reports of the three-team deal Friday, Oubre and Rivers spoke to the media following the Wizards' defeat in Brooklyn.

“This kind of hit me as a surprise,” Rivers told reporters. “We got 54 games left. I thought we had some more time to get this going together, but you know, they want to go in a different direction, apparently."

This is Washington's second trade of the season, after dealing center Jason Smith to Milwaukee in exchange for forward Sam Dekker

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