According to USA TODAY’s Sam Amick, who reported the news first, the Houston Rockets have agreed in principle to a deal with Trevor Ariza:
The Houston Rockets have agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal with Trevor Ariza, @USATODAYsports has learned.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 12, 2014
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. Ariza is best known for his role on the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2009 Championship team.
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. It does look as though the Rockets are exploring options after Dallas Mavericks offer to Chandler Parsons for a three-year, $45 million deal.
The Rockets have now moved to Plan “D” in order to avoid missing out on signing a free agent this summer. After two losses on Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony, the Rockets spent all of yesterday clearing salary cap room in the hopes of bringing in Chris Bosh and they cleared Jeremy Lin off of the books sending him to the Lakers.
The potential of losing Chandler Parsons is becoming very real. Trevor Ariza and Luol Deng were the frontrunners on the Houston Rockets shopping list, but it seems as though Houston has fallen out of favor for Deng.
Luol Deng is becoming a hot commodity for the Miami Heat after the decision of LeBron James and potential loss of his other teammates. The Rockets are currently mulling over the proposed $15 million a year contract for Parsons.
They needed to decide if not adding an All-Star caliber player and keeping Parsons is worth it.
Trevor Ariza will be the player they need and he comes with a much cheaper price tag, according to league source Adrian Wojnarowski:
Trevor Ariza will give the Rockets the extra “oomph” they need to progress from their 54 win season and be a serious contender for the Western Conference playoffs.
The Houston Rockets have to make a decision by tomorrow in regards to Chandler Parsons, but the addition of Trevor Ariza is a very good move for the Rockets.