Veteran striker Trevor Ariza is on his way to his fourth team this week as part of a three-team trade involving the Detroit Pistons, Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Ariza will be diverted from Detroit to Oklahoma City in a deal that sends Justin Jackson to Oklahoma City, power forward James Johnson to the Mavericks and guard Delon Wright to the Pistons, sources said.
It’s the third trade 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 forward Robert Covington. The Rockets redirected Ariza and a first round to Detroit in what became a sign-and-trade deal that allowed Houston to add center / power forward Christian Wood plus a protected future first-rounder. The stamps then passed the Ariza ($ 1
The move by Wright and Jackson in return for Johnson opens a list for the Mavs, which was Dallas’ primary motivation for the deal, sources said. The Mavericks also value the toughness of the 6-foot-7, 240-pound Johnson, whose $ 16 million contract that expires could be useful in future trade discussions.
The Thunder received an undisclosed draft from the Pistons in the deal along with Jackson, who averaged 5.5 points per game as a Mavs reserve last season and is expected to make $ 5 million this season in the final year of his contract.
Wright, 28, who has two years left to the value of $ 17.5 million on his contract, has averaged 7.3 points and 2.9 assists for three teams in his career.