NBA Trade Rumors: Los Angeles Clippers Almost Traded For Trevor Ariza

February 23, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards small forward Trevor Ariza (1) celebrates after the Wizards

The Los Angeles Clippers decided to stand pat through Feb. 21 trade deadline, but they had a deal in the works that would have landed Trevor Ariza back in Los Angeles.

According to David Aldridge, Clippers owner Donald Sterling prohibited a deal that would have sent Caron Butler to the Washington Wizards and returned Trevor Ariza, who has previously played with the Los Angeles Lakers, to L.A.

On paper, it’s a deal that makes sense. The young group of Wizards would benefit from a veteran like Butler, who could provide some much needed scoring. Meanwhile, the Clippers would get Trevor Ariza who would have fit in perfectly with the team.

Ariza is younger and more athletic than Butler and loves to run the floor, which fits well with the Clippers mentality. He would have provided a solid defensive presence on the wing and bring championship experience to the team.

In the end, Sterling decided the move wasn’t worth the risk of jeopardizing the locker room chemistry and the deal didn’t go through.

What do you think? Should the Clippers have pulled the trigger on the deal, or was it wise for Sterling to not go through with it? Let us know in the comment section below.

@VytisLasaitis

Topics: Los Angeles Clippers, Trade Rumors, Washington Wizards

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  • john sheard

    Heck no. Ariza is playing his heart out. Why take a step backwards. Not sure what the GM is doing.

  • Eric Harvey

    The Lakers should have kept Trevor Ariza instead of the trade for Artest. They should also have kept Matt Barnes. Both these players are doing far better than anything the Lakers have at present.