James Jones Denies Suns Owner Robert Sarver Didn’t Want To Trade Trevor Ariza To Lakers
Trevor Ariza, LeBron James
Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the Los Angeles Lakers being linked to Trevor Ariza, the Phoenix Suns ultimately traded him to the Washington Wizards in exchange for for Austin Rivers and Kelly Oubre.

The deal appeared to satisfy the Suns’ reported desire of finding a point guard, however they promptly waived Rivers. As the Suns reportedly wanted Josh Hart instead of a future draft pick, the Lakers were unwilling to trade a member of their young core.

With Ariza teaming up with John Wall and Bradley Beal again, there was a report about Suns owner Robert Sarver refusing to trade the 33-year-old to his hometown team.

However, interim general manager James Jones refuted that, according to Gina Mizell of The Athletic:

No. Throughout all of this, Robert has been adamant that his focus is on what helps the Suns grow and be the best. That was inaccurate. Actually, if something could have worked out, Robert would have been a huge proponent, just because of that investment and understanding that Trevor and his family are (based) on the West Coast. If we can do right for both parties, it should make sense. There’s no reason why you wouldn’t do something that benefits both parties.

Earlier in the 2018-19 NBA season, the Suns surprisingly bought out Tyson Chandler ahead of the March 31 deadline in order to be eligible for the playoffs.

Since Chandler has signed with the Lakers, he has completely turned around their season with his defense and rebounding. As a result, the Suns were heavily criticized for the decision since LeBron James reportedly called in a favor to his former teammate Jones.

While Jones denies the report, it is understandable why Sarver would not want to gift Chandler and Ariza to the Lakers.

You May Also Like

Shaquille O’Neal Compares Playing With Penny Hardaway, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, And LeBron James

Shaquille O’Neal had the privilege of playing with a number of all-time greats during his own Hall of Fame 20-year NBA…

Lakers News: Media Still Has Giannis Antetokounmpo Ahead Of LeBron James For 2019-20 NBA MVP

Before the 2019-20 NBA season was suspended, one of the biggest developing stories was that of the Most Valuable Player…

Paul Pierce Details Growing Up Lakers Fan, But Being Selected By Celtics In 1998 NBA Draft

For most Los Angeles Lakers fans, Paul Pierce’s name brings a certain disdain and dislike as he was a villain who had no…

Lakers News: Rudy Gay Amazed By LeBron James’ Longevity In 17th NBA Season

Coming into the 2019-20 NBA season, there were questions as to how LeBron James would perform in his 17th season with…