Trevor Ariza's free-agent market begins to take shape

Andy Lyons

As many as six other teams could be chasing the Wizards' free agent.

UPDATE: It's July 1, and Trevor Ariza is getting a ton of calls. The Wizards

***

Martell Webster's unfortunate back injury has given Trevor Ariza's agent a bit more leverage in negotiating a new deal with the Wizards. One could easily make the case that keeping Ariza is now even more important with Webster's status for next year up in the air.

And as expected, the Wizards will have competition. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reports the Los Angeles Lakers have interest if their biggest-fish plays (LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, etc.) fall through. Houston, Dallas, Detroit, the Clippers and Phoenix are also "expected to pursue" Ariza.

Of course, the level of those expectations likely differ. Ariza certainly can't be on the Rockets' radar until they know the big fish aren't available and take care of Chandler Parsons, for example. Phoenix, too, is chasing the big guns. Throwing those five teams in a list also benefits one person: Ariza.

But it's not a surprise that Ariza would generate some interest after the season he had. The Mavericks and Suns have cap space, and the Pistons may too depending on what they do with Greg Monroe and Rodney Stuckey. There are surely other teams that can come out of nowhere and enter the sweepstakes.

Only time will tell.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bullets Forever

You must be a member of Bullets Forever to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bullets Forever. You should read them.

Join Bullets Forever

You must be a member of Bullets Forever to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bullets Forever. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker