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The reason Trevor Ariza decided to leave Phoenix for Washington

The reason Trevor Ariza decided to leave Phoenix for Washington

Trevor Ariza wasn’t looking to leave Phoenix. 

In an exclusive 1-on-1 interview with Chris Miller, NBC Sports Washington’s Wizards insider, Ariza said that he “didn’t want to leave” in December.

The forward was traded from the Phoenix Suns to the Wizards on Dec. 15. He has been in Washington before, having played for the Wizards for two seasons, beginning in 2012. He then went to the Houston Rockets, where he stayed for four seasons. While he was with the Wizards, he averaged 14.4 points per game.

“If I [were] to leave [Phoenix], for me, it would be home or a place that I’m familiar with,” Ariza said,” and the opportunity came to come to Washington, and I chose Washington over everything.”

Ariza said that his relationships with Bradley Beal and John Wall -- along with his strong knowledge of the inner-workings of the Wizards organization -- “100 percent had everything to do with” the decision. 

“I didn't want to leave [Phoenix],” Ariza continued, “and as time goes on, things change and the opportunity came to come back, and I was fortunate enough that the organization wanted me back, too.”

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Former Wizard Marcin Gortat announces retirement

Former Wizard Marcin Gortat announces retirement

Long-time NBA veteran, and former Wizard, Marcin Gortat is retiring from the NBA, the center announced in a video via the Polish news station TVP.

At 35-years old, the big man had been out of the league this season following spending 2018-19 with the Los Angeles Clippers. In the video, Gortat mentioned that he gave himself the year off to weigh his options, and he now realizes it is the right time to hang it up.

A 12-year career, the "Polish Hammer" was a consistent and reliable force down low for the four teams he played for. Some of his best years came in D.C. with the Wizards. In five seasons with Washington from 2013-18, Gortat averaged at least 10 points in four seasons and played in at least 75 games in all five campaigns. 

His time with the Wizards also included three trips to the postseason. Gortat was traded to the Clippers for Austin Rivers following the 2018 season and was waived in February of 2019. 

An intense competitor, some NBA players have already begun to share their appreciation for Gortat, and more are sure to chime in.

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Florida Gators mascot weighs in on Bradley Beal's All-Star snub

Florida Gators mascot weighs in on Bradley Beal's All-Star snub

On the eve of the NBA All-Star game, Bradley Beal attended a basketball game at his alma mater instead of preparing for the NBA All-Star game. 

Beal, of course, was not named an All-Star despite displaying the highest scoring average ever for a player not named to the league's midseason exhibition. 

Beal felt disrespected by it, his fiancee Kamiah Adams and his agent Mark Bartelstein were certainly mad about it, Moe Wagner faulted himself and the rest of the Wizards for the All-Star snub.

You can now include the University of Florida mascot as someone who's less than pleased with the NBA's head coaches for failing to vote Beal in as an All-Star reserve. 

In a tweet from Adams, Albert the Gator is holding up a sign that says, "Bradley Beal should be an All-Star. #SNUBBED."

Beal spent his freshman season playing at Florida before he was drafted third overall by the Wizards in 2012. 

Whether you think Beal was snubbed or believe winning should be valued more than counting stats, it's hard to ignore just how many people have made it clear they disagree with Beal's exclusion from All-Star weekend. 

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