Phoenix privately insists Dillon Brooks is key to the Trevor Ariza trade
The Trevor Ariza trade fiasco that transpired on Friday night is certainly one of the weirdest (non) transactions in recent memory. According to a report, the Phoenix Suns are claiming that they are not to blame for the failed deal.
The Memphis Grizzlies reportedly pulled out on the deal after realizing that the Suns wanted MarShon Brooks (and not Dillion Brooks) as part of the three-team trade with the Washington Wizards. However, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Suns are adamant that they are not to blame for the mix up that caused the deal to blow up in the last minute.
Phoenix privately insisted that it had direct conversations with Memphis officials on Dillon Brooks — not MarShon — which Memphis flatly denied.
It has now become a “he said, she said” type of narrative. This is obviously a rather embarrassing disaster for all parties involved, and all three teams are trying their best to point their finger towards the other direction.
According to Woj, the details of the deal may have been lost in translation, given how there were three different parties involved in the potential trade that centered on Ariza.
The Grizzlies insist that they negotiated the deal through Washington general manager Ernie Grunfeld and that there had been a miscommunication to Suns interim GM James Jones on Memphis’ assets in the deal. Washington says it believed it was Dillon, not MarShon Brooks.
Unfortunately, this report does little to clear things up. At this point, it is still unclear who exactly is to blame for such a silly mistake. What is certain though is that the Suns (and probably the Wizards, too) will be very active in the next few hours/days as they try to find a third team to finally make this deal push through.