Suns send Ariza to Wizards for Oubre, Rivers

The Phoenix Suns traded Trevor Ariza to the Washington Wizards on Saturday morning for Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers, according to multiple reports.

The deal capped a confusing series of events that unfolded Friday night when a proposed three-team trade fell apart over confusion about whether Dillon Brooks or MarShon Brooks would be included.

The trade, as proposed originally, would have sent Ariza from the Suns to the Wizards, Oubre from the Wizards to the Memphis Grizzlies, and Rivers from the Wizards to the Suns. The Grizzlies would have sent Wayne Selden to the Suns.

A player named Brooks also was to be involved, but that ended up as the hiccup to the deal. The Suns thought the Grizzlies would be sending them Dillon Brooks. Grizzlies officials thought it was MarShon Brooks they’d be trading.

When the confusion cleared, and all the sides had figured out the parts to the trade, Memphis wouldn’t trade Dillon Brooks, and the Suns didn’t want to acquire MarShon Brooks. The mixup happened because the Suns and Grizzlies didn’t talk to each other. The Wizards were the conduit of information and the identity of the proper Brooks got lost along the way, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Big trade chip moved

The Suns signed Ariza, a 33-year-old swingman, to a one-year, $15 million deal over the summer, and with Phoenix at 5-24 and building for the future with youngsters, he became a trade chip.

Earlier in the week, it was reported that the Lakers were trying to acquire Ariza to bring a veteran presence to the team, but Suns owner Robert Sarver nixed a trade to Los Angeles, according to multiple reports.

This will be the second stop in Washington for Ariza, who entered the league in 2004 and also has played for New York, Orlando, the Lakers, Houston and New Orleans.

For his career, he has appeared in 968 games and has averaged 10.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

This season, he’s averaging 9.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 16 games.

The 26-year-old Rivers, a 6-foot-4 guard, is averaging 7.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists over 29 games this season.

Oubre, a 23-year-old forward, also played in 29 games for Washington, scoring 12.9 points and adding 4.4 rebounds per contest.

–Field Level Media

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