Trevor Ariza, the long-term NBA journeyman, is moving to yet another team as he heads to Oregon to join the Portland Trail Blazers.
Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan have been traded from the Sacremento Kings to the Trail Blazers for Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver and two future second-round draft picks.
Ariza will likely be the only player from the Kings trade to get minutes with the Blazers, who continue to struggle to find wins this season. The benefit for the Blazers is that Ariza adds some defence in the three slot and can help partially fill that defensive hole left by Melo until Collins and Nurkic return.
This deal was also a huge salary dump for the Blazers, who save about $12.3 million and cut their luxury tax bill in half (arguably the biggest benefit of the trade).
For the Kings, they get two more expiring contracts in Tolliver and the best player in the deal: Bazemore. They also receive two draft picks, which helps.
Bazemore will likely get some minutes off the bench for the Kings, but will struggle to get any real minutes in a loaded Kings backcourt. Bazemore has been having a disappointing season averaging only 7.9 points to go with 4.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists and shooting poorly from the field.
The real benefit of these players will be in the locker room, where both are known for their positive influences.
Winner of the Trade: Blazers (but only slightly).