Wizards acquire forward Ariza

Source: Xinhua| 2018-12-18 14:05:23|Editor: Liu
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Washington Wizards announced on Monday that they have acquired forward Trevor Ariza from the Phoenix Suns.

For the versatile forward, the Wizards sent their forward Kelly Oubre Jr. and guard Austin Rivers to the Suns.

"Trevor has been one of the most effective, efficient and versatile players at his position for over a decade," said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld. "We are obviously very familiar with the leadership and experience he brings as one of the league's most respected professionals and look forward to welcoming him back to the team."

Ariza returns to Washington for a second stint with the Wizards. He averaged 12.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting 39.3% from three-point range with the team from 2012-2014, helping the team advance to the second round of the playoffs in 2013-14.

Oubre, who was originally acquired in 2015 draft, averaged 8.9 points and 3.5 rebounds in 252 games over his Wizards career. He was averaging 12.9 points and 4.4 rebounds through 29 games this season.

Rivers, who was acquired via trade this summer, was averaging 7.2 points and 2.4 rebounds in 29 games for the Wizards this season.