Veteran striker Trevor Ariza is heading to his fourth team this week as part of a three-team trade, including the Detroit Pistons, Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder, ESPN sources told Adrian Voynarovsky.
Ariza will be diverted from Detroit to Oklahoma City in a deal that sends Justin Jackson to Oklahoma City, energy striker James Johnson to the Mavericks and security guard Delon Wright to the Pistons, sources said.
This is the third deal this week involving Ariza, who has played for nine teams in his 16-year NBA career. The Portland Trail Blazers sent Ariza along with two first-round picks to the Houston Rockets for striker Robert Covington. The Rockets redirected Ariza and a first-round pick to Detroit, which turned into a signing and trading deal that allowed Houston to add center / strong striker Christian Wood plus a defensive future champion. The Pistons then handed over Ariza (with an expiring $ 1
The relocation of Wright and Jackson in exchange for Johnson opens a list for the Mavs, which is Dallas’ main motivation for the deal, sources said. The Mavericks also appreciate the toughness of the 6-foot, 240-pound Johnson, whose expiring $ 16 million contract could be useful in future trade discussions.
Thunder received an undisclosed draft for the Pistons in a deal with Jackson, who averaged 5.5 points per game as a reserve for the Mavs last season and owed $ 5 million this season in the final year of his contract.
The 28-year-old Wright, who has two years worth $ 17.5 million under his contract, has averaged 7.3 points and 2.9 assists for three teams in his career.