A deal involving the Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards and Memphis Grizzlies fell through due to miscommunication between the Suns and Grizzlies, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro.
In the proposed deal that had the Suns sending Trevor Ariza to Washington, the Suns believed they were receiving forward Dillon Brooks from Memphis while the Grizzlies thought they were trading guard MarShon Brooks to Phoenix.
The widely-reported deal fell through once it was apparent the two different teams were talking about two different players. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports there was not a direct line of communication between the Grizzlies and Suns, with the Wizards coordinating the deal.
In the trade that fell apart, the Suns were acquiring point guard Austin Rivers from Washington and guard Wayne Selden from Memphis, in addition to what they believed at the time was going to be Dillon Brooks. Gambadoro reports the Wizards, who played earlier tonight, were waiting for their game to complete before announcing the deal.
Ariza has received heavy interest on the trade market. Gambadoro has reported at least eight teams showed interest in Ariza.
Because Ariza recently signed a deal this past offseason, he could not be traded until Dec. 15. That deadline passes Friday night.
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This season, Ariza has averaged 9.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 34.0 minutes per game. He started all 26 games he played in.
Ariza signed a one-year deal worth $15 million with the McDonough-led Suns in the offseason and said Phoenix calling him as soon as the negotiating period began meant a lot.
“As human beings, we all want to feel appreciated and wanted, and when a team just shows that much appreciation in what you do, naturally you are just attracted to something like that,” Ariza said at his introductory press conference on July 6. “I’ve been in this situation where the team struggled the year before, struggled my first year there and we turned it around.
“I know that coming here is going to be a challenge of trying to improve and get better — and teaching — but I’m up to the challenge. I’m looking forward to it.”
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