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Trevor Ariza away from Thunder indefinitely (family)

Thunder forward Trevor Ariza

PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 10: Trevor Ariza #8 of the Portland Trail Blazers arrives prior to a game against the Phoenix Suns on March 10, 2020 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Trevor Ariza missed the bubble to spend time with his son. (A judge ruled Ariza didn’t abuse his son after a temporary restraining order was issued.)

Effectively traded from the Trail Blazers to the Rockets to the Pistons to the Thunder this offseason, Ariza isn’t reporting to Oklahoma City.

Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman:

Veteran forward Trevor Ariza has not reported to Thunder training camp. Ariza will be away from the team indefinitely.

“Ariza remains focused on the same family matters that kept him from attending the bubble with the Blazers,” a Thunder spokesman told The Oklahoman on Sunday. “The Thunder was made aware he would not be available when they acquired him, and remain supportive of Ariza’s indefinite absence given the circumstance.”


The Thunder are tanking. They traded for Ariza mainly to get picks for taking him (more favorable of the Mavericks’ and Heat’s 2023 second-rounders plus Dallas’ 2026 second-rounder).

Oklahoma City might like to get Ariza on the court and producing then flip his $12.8 million expiring contract for even more picks before the trade deadline. Though past his prime, Ariza still provides value as a versatile 3-and-D forward.

But at least the Thunder avoid Ariza joining a bad team and sulking.