Report: Teams expect Suns to shop Trevor Ariza once he becomes trade-eligible

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The Suns – still several steps, including finding a serviceable point guard, from competing – signed 33-year-old forward Trevor Ariza to a one-year, $15 million contract last offseason.

Predictably, that hasn’t gone well. Phoenix is an NBA-worst 4-19. Ariza is having maybe the worst season of his career.

The Suns might even trade him once they can, Dec. 15.

Marc Stein of The New York Times:

Trading Ariza won’t be easy. Because his salary is so high, it could be difficult for other teams to match it without including more-valuable players. And his performance this season is hardly inspiring.

Surely, some teams will hope Ariza would be rejuvenated on a winner and playing with teammates he better complements – just like Tyson Chandler with the Lakers. Everyone needs more players like Ariza, durable 3-and-D wings who do all the little things.

But there must be some concern he’s simply declining with age. A new environment might not fix all his woes.

Still, he’s playing OK-ish in Phoenix. Even as is, he could help teams before his contract expires at the end of the season.

Just probably not the cellar-dwelling Suns.