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‘No truth’ to Trevor Ariza demanding $50-60 million in free agency

A couple of weeks ago, it was reported by Kelly Iko of USA Today, while citing sources, that Trevor Ariza is looking to get paid anywhere between $50-60 million in free agency. It’s a steep price that the Houston Rockets might not be able to afford given the team’s priorities of signing Chris Paul and Clint Capela.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, meanwhile, has refuted that claim on Wednesday, while also revealing that the versatile forward is expected to sit down with interested teams when free agency hits.

Houston free agent Trevor Ariza, one of the top wings on the market, plans to schedule meetings with interested teams after free agency opens July 1. No truth on Ariza demanding $50-60M.

Ariza spent the last four seasons with the Rockets. He was traded to Houston by the Washington Wizards in 2014 in a complicated three-team deal that also involved New Orleans. Over that span, he played a key role as part of the Rockets’ starting unit, averaging 12.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.8 steals in 310 appearances – all as a starter. His ability to bury 3-pointers and defend opposing teams’ best wings proved very valuable to the Rockets last season, as the team came to a win away from appearing in the 2018 NBA Finals.

Trevor Ariza, who is about to turn 33 on Jun. 30,  was also recently rumored to be among those who could take a pay cut to join the Golden State Warriors, though, that has yet to materialize into something more serious as of the moment.