Trevor Ariza to start for Wizards
Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza will make his team debut Tuesday night. Well, his second debut.
Ariza played for Washington in 2012-13 and 2013-14, and he will put on a Wizards uniform Tuesday night and join the starting five when the team plays at the Atlanta Hawks.
Per Brooks, Trevor Ariza will start tonight. #WizHawks | #DCFamily pic.twitter.com/1xBEEoItJb Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) December 18, 2018
Ariza last played for the Wizards in May 2014, in a second-round playoff loss to Indiana.
After a botched attempt at a three-team trade including the Memphis Grizzlies, the Wizards and Phoenix Suns made a deal that sent Ariza to Washington and Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers to Phoenix. The Suns then released Rivers Tuesday.
Ariza, 33, is seen as a defensive-minded winger expected to add someleadership that had been lacking in the Wizards’ locker room this year. Washington started the season 2-9 and is currently 12-18.