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Trevor Ariza’s 2-year deal with Kings is only $1.8 million guaranteed in year two

Sacramento Kings veteran forward Trevor Ariza’s two-year deal only has a guarantee of $1.8 million in its second year.

Per Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders.

The one-time NBA champion recently inked a deal worth two-years for $25 million. The 34-year-old Ariza, who’ll be entering his 16th year, is expected to provide guidance for the relatively young Kings’ squad. He’s expected to churn out helpful advice for the young guns comprised of 21-year-old De’Aaron Fox, 20-year-old Marvin Bagley, as well as 26-year-old Buddy Hield. It’ll also serve as a reunion with his former teammate with the Los Angeles Lakers, Luke Walton, who’s now the head coach.

The Kings will be Ariza’s third team in the last two seasons. Prior to the start of the 2018-2019 season, he inked a one-year, $15 million contract. Like his upcoming role with Sacramento, Ariza was the Suns’ elder spokesman and served as a mentor to the likes of Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker. Later on, he was traded to the Washington Wizards.

In a recent interview with Logan Murdock of NBC Sports BayArea via Yahoo Sports, Ariza shared his thoughts on his role as the Kings’ mentor.

“There’s guys that have a ton of experience. So all the wisdom or whatever wouldn’t just be coming from me,” Ariza said. “It’d be coming from a different group of guys. And I think it’s easier when you don’t have to hear the same voice over and over and over again. That’s key for us.”

Indeed, though Ariza’s not expected to stay with the Kings for a long time, the pieces of advice he’ll give to the team’s young players will last a lifetime.