Wizards com­plete new deal for Ariza

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Sports -

Heat for­ward Der­rick Jones Jr. scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quar­ter of Fri­day night’s 100-97 vic­tory over the Griz­zlies in Mem­phis, Tenn. The Wizards are get­ting Trevor Ariza after all.

They agreed in prin­ci­ple to ac­quire Ariza from the Suns for Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers, ac­cord­ing to a per­son fa­mil­iar with the deal. The per­son spoke to The As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity Satur­day.

This Ariza trade came to­gether hours after a re­ported three-way deal in­volv­ing the Griz­zlies fell apart late Fri­day night. Wizards play­ers went through the emo­tional roller coaster of the failed trade after their loss at Brook­lyn as Oubre and Rivers were still on the team bus to the air­port and the flight home.

“We all un­der­stand it’s a busi­ness,” guard John Wall said after prac­tice Satur­day. “You never know what’s go­ing to hap­pen, when it’s go­ing to hap­pen.”

Ariza, 33, re­turns to Wash­ing­ton, where he played the 2012-13 and 2013-14 sea­sons. The 6-foot-8, 215-pound swing­man is av­er­ag­ing 9.9 points, 5.6 re­bounds and 3.3 as­sists in 26 games with the Suns this sea­son, the last on his con­tract.

AP

BRAN­DON DILL/AP

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