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.”
To listen to Ariza’s full interview, click the podcast below.
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