Phoenix Suns sign Trevor Ariza to One-Year Deal

For the youngest team in the NBA last season, the Phoenix Suns needed a stronger veteran presence. Trevor Ariza brings that on his one-year deal with the team.

The Phoenix Suns have agreed to terms with forward Trevor Ariza on a one-year, $15 million deal, according to Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania.

Ariza, 33, spent his last four seasons with the Houston Rockets averaging 12.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.8 steals a game. He shot 41 percent from the field and 36 percent from behind the three-point line. Ariza appeared in 310 games during his tenure with the Rockets, starting in every game.

The 14-year NBA veteran will bring a veteran presence for one of the youngest teams in the NBA. Phoenix will now find themselves with a logjam at the forward positions, opening up the possibility of a trade later down the line. General manager Ryan Mcdonough said he would like to get a point guard in free agency.  

Ariza's deal will use up the majority of the Suns' cap space this offseason. However, being on a one-year deal, the team can have nearly $45 million in cap space next season if the team trades T.J. Warren and stretch the contract of Brandon Knight. The contracts of Tyson Chandler and Jared Dudley come off the books next season as well. 

The team still needs to re-sign Devin Booker to his max deal, but general manager Ryan McDonough stuck to his word and came out aggressive in free agency, signing Ariza less than an hour in.

Ariza cannot be signed until July 6, after the NBA's moratorium period. 

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