May 5, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza (1) points after scoring against the Indiana Pacers in game one of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Washington defeats Indiana 102-96. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Houston Rockets Interested In Trevor Ariza

The Houston Rockets may be interested in bringing back Trevor Ariza, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com.

Ariza, 29, signed with the Rockets during the 2009 free agency period. In his lone season, with Houston, he averaged a career high, 14.9 ppg. Unfortunately for Ariza, his time was cut short and the following summer he was traded to the New Orleans Hornets in a four team, multi-player deal.

Trevor Ariza is best known for his role on the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2009 Championship team. He made some key defensive stops, as well as some big shots, on his way to his first NBA title.

Ariza is no stranger to change as he has been on six different teams throughout his nine year career. If the Houston Rockets are unable to lure Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James, sources say there is interest brewing in re-signing Trevor Ariza. He is coming off a spectacular season with the Washington Wizards in which he averaged 14.4 ppg and posted career highs in field goal percentage (45.6), 3-point percentage (40.7), and rebounds (6.2).

Distinguished for his defense and athleticism, Trevor Ariza would be a great replacement if Chandler Parsons ends up signing elsewhere. Trevor Ariza’s improved jump shooting is also an extreme asset as there wasn’t a team in the NBA that took as many threes as the Rockets did, last season.

Trevor Ariza is most likely a backup plan for the Rockets, as their focus is set on Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James. Ariza, however, would not be a bad consolation prize due to his defensive tenacity and shooting ability.

With that being said, free agency is on the horizon. The Houston Rockets will look to be very active come July 1st. Daryl Morey will be very busy in his pursuit of adding the missing pieces to the Houston Rockets’ Championship puzzle.

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