The Portland Trail Blazers should bring back Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza was never a star by any means, but he’ll likely command more than a minimum contract this offseason. Ariza has been the prototype for a 3-and-D wing for nearly a decade now, and he’s the exact type of player the Blazers need.
Now 35 years old and having just wrapped up his 17th season in the NBA, he continues to produce in his role. Ariza’s lost a little pep in his step, but he stills locks down on defense and hits triples at a respectable rate.
Last season, he provided 28 minutes a game for the Miami Heat, averaging 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 35 percent from deep.
Ariza would provide a reliable option on both offense and defense for the Blazers bench unit. When the matchup dictates, he could even start at the three when Portland needs a little more defensive juice in the frontline.
Since 3-and-D wings are the hottest commodity in the league, a team could overpay for his services next year. The Blazers will have to convince Ariza that he can improve his legacy with them by winning a ring next season.
Adding him to the reserves would certainly help the team attain true contender status.