The Washington Wizards reportedly agreed to acquire Trevor Ariza from the Phoenix Suns in a three-team trade with the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, but a mix-up between the Grizzlies and Suns has killed the deal.
Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. was headed to the Grizzlies, and Washington guard Austin Rivers and Memphis guard Wayne Selden were going to the Suns. A Grizzlies 2020 second-round draft pick and a 2019 conditional second-rounder were slated for Washington.
Another player was involved, and we know that person's surname was Brooks and that he plays for Memphis.
But sources told ESPN's Zach Lowe that the deal was in jeopardy over which Brooks—MarShon or Dillon—the Suns would be getting.
The Grizzlies were not willing to deal Dillon Brooks, per Lowe and Wojnarowski.
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Washington believes it was told Dillon Brooks in conversations with Memphis. The Grizzlies insist they told Washington it was MarShon. One rival GM texted me and said: "Maybe Washington can put Scott Brooks in if there has to be a Brooks in the deal." Welcome to NBA Trade Season.
However, The Athletic's David Aldridge reported Suns owner Robert Sarver and Grizzlies owner Robert Pera discussed Dillon Brooks, specifically, in the lead-up to the deal. The Grizzlies have denied ever having those conversations:
The 33-year-old Ariza is averaging 9.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game this season. The 15-year veteran made a previous stop in Washington from 2012 to 2014.
Aldridge explained why the Lakers deal fell through in addition to providing some further background on Friday's canceled deal: