Friday, July 3rd, 2009 at 2:05 am  |  27 responses

Trevor Ariza is a Houston Rocket

If you CAN beat them … join them anyway? I guess: “The Houston Rockets, fresh off losing Ron Artest to the Los Angeles Lakers, have essentially swapped players by agreeing to terms with Lakers free agent forward Trevor Ariza, whom Artest will be replacing in Los Angeles. The deal will be for five years at the mid-level exception; based on last season’s $5.585 million amount for the mid-level, Ariza would get around $32 million…’We had a substantially larger offer above the mid-level from Toronto,’ agent David Lee said. ‘Trevor decided to go to Houston. I told Mitch (Kupchak, the Lakers’ general manager) that it was never about the money; it was about respect.’”

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  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    from what i understood, lakers treated him like a restricted FA and told him to look out for a deal and see if they would match it. he felt disrespected as he was expecting an offer outright. did they do this because they already at their sights on ron? i guess we’ll never know. apparently, cavs never really made an offer. i don’t know if there’s any truth to that, though.

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    His agent drove Trev out of town with his demands. He said he wouldn’t accept the MLE from the Lakers because that was disrespectful and was undermining Trevor’s value. So he said Trevor will go sign with someone else that’s offering him the same type of money.

    He pulled these shenanigans when negotiating for Bynum’s extension last summer.

  • mcfly

    poor ariza is now going to a losing team…. i guess that what you get when you hire a moron for an agent…..LA will miss you but you should have your agent to not act like an ass, that what you get for taking the lakers as fools

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Good recovery move by the Rockets, since they were going to lose Artest. The Rockets are in rebuilding mode right now.
    I’m just not sure about Battier and Ariza together.. They do essentially the same things on defense (Battier being a better lockdown dude) and both were used to taking the outside three and not doing too much on the offensive end..
    I heard Yao is coming back at All-Star break after getting surgery soon, so that’s definitely a plus. Who’s going to be the perimeter/slashing scorer that Ron Artest was? Aaron Brooks?

  • MagicChicken

    I feel like I’m breaking up with Trevor. He was so lovable, said all the right things, did all the right things at the right time, and just fit so perfectly. He’s got some true LA blood in him, that’s for sure. I’m just a little disappointed in him for wanting the money more than the wins. Even if did feel disrespected, almost everyone knew that he could at least get the full mid-level here in LA. To go and take it with another team, is just kinda like a bit of betrayal. What’s really sad, is that LA loves this guy, and wanted him to succeed and grow. People were even chiming on talk radio frequently to call him the “next Scottie Pippen”. The Sad truth is though, he played with the best. He played under the best Coach, he played with the best player, and he had all the room in the world to grow as a player, develop, and become the greatness that we would all praise him for. Now? Sadly, I think he’s gone and thrown a lot of that potential away. He’s going to be in a system he doesn’t know, and that doesn’t favor 3′s like the triangle does. He’s going to have a lot more eyes on him, preventing him from getting easy looks, and blind steals. He’s going to have a lot more pressure on him to turn in a certain amount of numbers. And what sucks for me as a LA lover, is that I’m afraid he might not succeed. In LA, he was worth more than the mid-level exception. Anywhere else, he might not even be worth that.

  • Logan

    Agree 100 percent with MagicChicken. Sorry to see Trevor go but many times it is the Agents the F up the decisions of the players….

  • chintao

    Disagree, Teddy. Ron-Ron is a post-up guy. He rarely slashed effectively. Ariza is a natural slasher. The question the becomes whether Houston will have a legitmate low-post threat next year.

  • Marco

    David Lee is a dumb@ass. What he and ariza did makes absolutely no sense

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  • AlbertBarr

    Magic Chicken….you do know that the Rockets are coached by Rick Adelman right? The Dude can coach and his system is made for threes…do you even watch the Rockets? Ariza will be fine…

  • Canuck

    Why in God’s name would my raptors offer “substantially” more than the mid-level for him? Ah well.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    chintao, there’s this guy names Luis scola…and why would anyone want to go to Toronto?

  • JoeMaMa

    Because it’s a better city than most of the trash in the states.

  • Quail

    why not miami? :(

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ RV: Toronto is a great city.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ chintao: Artest is a pretty dominant offensive player. He’s got the full package, really. He doesn’t have Ariza’s speed right now, but he can still get in the lane and use his body to create space. Yes, Ron is also a post-up guy, you’re right.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ RV and chintao: Also, don’t be too pessimistic about this year. I sense Aaron Brooks is going to be pretty close to an all-star. The Rockets were also apparently trying to get Marcin Gortat, or something.
    But really, the good news, sort of, is this: Yao Ming is slated to get surgery on his foot and probably will only miss the games leading up to the All-Star break.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Welcome to the Rockets, Ariza.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I already miss Ron Artest, though.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Yo RV, since I’m practically talking to myself hear, I have to ask you: Is Von Wafer returning to the Rockets?

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  • niQ

    Ariza probably chose Rockets because he knew he would get 35-40 minutes a night.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Teddy, no way, when morey flew to meet with gortat, he even presented him a jersey with #13, von’s number…look for james white, budinger, or taylor to take the von role.

  • Franko

    Ariza 3 And Scola 4? nice Frowards…Now Houston need a Center

  • Ralph ‘chaps’ Rodriguez

    Do players get canadian dollars in the canadian market?

  • Cramerica

    I don’t see why people think its a bad choice, I can see a lot of reasons for going to houston, I doubt it was a bad move at all. It’s just what he would rather have. I think on the Lakers he could never get the recognition he feels he deserves. When you basicly playing with an all-star team do you really think people would care if he did good or bad? No because the Lakers are Kobe’s team. Ariza wants to be on a team that looks to him as a huge key player not an expendable one. Perhaps on the Rockets he will be seen as a superstar.

    Also that could be why they wanted Artest more. Sure to a lot of people Artest was a valuable asset. But thats because he was on a team that needed him. I feel on the Lakers Artest will be under appreciated, also I feel he is going to the lakers for a ring not for the money, then he will take off. So all and all I am not mad about the trade on one side or another. It will be good for both players.

    Ariza is moving out of Momma birds house to see what he can do on other teams and prove to the world if he is a star player or just a good starter.