Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza wants to cash in. The forward is reportedly seeking a deal worth at least $50 million in free agency.
Trevor Ariza could add even more pressure to the Houston Rockets’ bulging salary cap.
According to Kelly Iko of the Rockets Wire, Trevor Ariza will seek a deal in the $50-60 million range in free agency.
Back in the summer of 2014, Ariza inked a 4-year, $32 million deal with the Wizards as part of a sign-and-trade with Houston. Ariza had a budget friendly contract, as he earned a little over $7 million last season.
Trevor Ariza averaged 11.7 points and 4.4 rebounds and he shot 36.8 percent from 3-point range last season. In four full seasons as a Rocket, Ariza has missed just 18 games. Ariza fills the classic 3-and-D roll perfectly for Houston. He doesn’t have a very high ceiling, but he does have a high floor. With Ariza, what you see is what you get.
Trevor Ariza will turn 33 on June 30, a day before free agency begins. This will likely be Ariza’s last chance to sign a long-term deal, and he wants to cash in.
For the Rockets, their two biggest priorities are re-signing Chris Paul and Clint Capela. After that, they’ll be in the market for the opportunity to sign a star like LeBron James or Paul George. If Houston loses Ariza, it will definitely leave a void at the forward spot. However, if they land LeBron or George, Ariza won’t be missed.
Ariza’s production will likely only decline from this point, so the Rockets will have to determine if he’s worth $50 million or more. There are a lot of 3-and-D wings in the league that would like the opportunity to compete for a championship for a cheaper price. The Rockets would be better off letting Ariza walk unless he’s willing to take a pay cut.