LAS VEGAS - On the day the Rockets are scheduled for the first game in Las Vegas summer league, the Rockets finally got dealt some good cards. According to USA Today, the Rockets have agreed to a four-year deal, $32 million contract with free agent small forward Trevor Ariza.
For Ariza, it will be his second tour of duty with the Rockets as they also signed him to a multi-year free agent deal following the 2008-09 season. He was in Houston for just one year, averaging 14.9 points and 5.6 rebounds, before he was traded to New Orleans.
They were several teams pursuing Ariza after he connected on a career high 41 percent of his 3-point shots. It was the second straight year he made a career high percentage and the third straight year he improved his percentage. After shooting just 30 percent in 2010-11, it rose to 33 percent the following season, then 36 percent in his first year with Washington, before rising to 41 percent this past season, the final season of his original five-year contract with Houston.
The Rockets trade of Jeremy Lin to the Los Angeles Lakers, which was initially made to create the necessary cap space to sign Heat forward Chris Bosh, now makes this deal possible. Houston has yet to make a decision on whether or not to match the three-year, $46 million offer sheet Chandler Parsons signed with Dallas. It is expected the Rockets will not reveal their decision on Parsons until late Sunday night near the deadline. Ariza and Parsons share the same natural position of small forward.
Ariza also posted career bests in true shooting percentage (59), effective field goal shooting percentage (56.2) and win shares (8.0) last season, while helped the Wizards to their first playoff series victory since 2005. He made 45 percent of his 3-pointers during the Wizards' 11-game postseason run.
Ariza won a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2008-09, before being signed by the Rockets to a five-year, $33.9 million deal. He's played for six teams in 10 seasons.