It looks like Trevor Ariza has a market.
According to Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat have had ongoing discussions centered around the veteran wing.
O’Connor also notes that multiple playoff teams have expressed interest in Ariza and that the Thunder are looking to get a second-round pick in return.
Sources: The Heat and Thunder are discussing a trade that’d send Trevor Ariza to Miami. OKC is seeking a second round pick for Ariza from the numerous playoff teams with interest.— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) March 17, 2021
Ariza has been away from the Thunder this season to deal with personal reasons. But recent reports have suggested that Ariza is ready to return to action once he is traded to another team.
The Thunder acquired Ariza this past offseason in a three-team trade that also involved the Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons.
This leak comes a day after The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that George Hill and Ariza have had interest from multiple playoff teams ahead of the trade deadline on March 25.
Ariza is an expiring $12.8 million contract and averaged 8 points and 4.6 rebounds while shooting 37.2% from the three-point range on nearly four attempts a game last season with the Kings and Trail Blazers.
Ariza would theoretically provide a competent perimeter defender who can shoot from outside for playoff teams.
The Heat have a 22-18 record and are fourth in the Eastern Conference.
In their past 12 games, Miami is 11-1.