Detroit Pistons move recently acquired Trevor Ariza in 3-team deal
Trevor Ariza is on the move for the third time this week, going to Oklahoma City from Detroit along with Dallas’ Justin Jackson in a three-team trade.
Also in the deal, the Mavericks sent Delon Wright to the Pistons for James Johnson, a person with knowledge of the details said Saturday.
Ariza was sent from Portland to Houston two days before the draft, then shipped to the Pistons on draft night Wednesday. The 35-year-old has already played for 10 teams.
The Mavericks added Johnson to provide some toughness around young stars Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. Dallas was defensive-minded on draft night, taking Arizona’s Josh Green in the first round and trading for Philadelphia’s Josh Richardson.
Wright is the only player in the trade not on an expiring contract. Wright has two years remaining on the three-year deal that was part of the sign-and-trade sending him to Dallas from Memphis.
Johnson’s expiring contract was another attraction for the Mavericks, who don’t have the salary cap space for a big move in free agency this year.