In line with The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, the Miami Warmth and Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder are discussing a commerce that might see the Thunder ship Ariza to the Warmth.
Although the commerce parameters haven’t been detailed, O’Connor additionally notes that Oklahoma Metropolis is in search of a second-round decide in an Ariza commerce as they try and develop their already substantial stockpile of draft picks. As is customary throughout commerce season, quite a few playoff-contending groups are thinking about buying the veteran wing.
Ariza, 35-years-old, has but to swimsuit up for the Thunder this season after enjoying 53 video games (21 begins) within the 2019-20 season.
Nonetheless, this isn’t on account of harm or a spat with the Oklahoma Metropolis franchise.
Previous to the beginning of the 2020-21 season, The Oklahoman’s Joe Mussatto reported that Ariza could be away from the Thunder indefinitely with the intention to cope with the identical household matter — a custody battle for his younger son —that prevented him from becoming a member of the Portland Path Blazers within the bubble.
That call has been supported and recognized by Oklahoma Metropolis since they acquired him in a three-team commerce on Nov. 21.
Extensively considered one of many higher 3-and-D wings within the league, Ariza could be fairly the pickup for a troublesome Miami squad forward of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. A 16-year veteran, Ariza averaged 8.0 factors, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 28.2 minutes per sport final season, whereas taking pictures .372 p.c from 3-point vary.