2. Trevor Ariza, SF, Sacramento Kings – 2 years, $25 million
Initially signed as a 3-and-D wing to steady the boat while Harrison Barnes gathered his breath, Trevor Ariza was utilized a little more than I would’ve liked by his former teammate-turned-coach, Luke Walton.
Early in the season when the Kings were trying to figure it out defensively, Walton seemed impatient with the young core and played Ariza more than he deserved.
Playing 24 minutes a game while shooting below 40 percent from the field is a tough one to swallow if you’re a fan. Averaging 6.0 points definitely slowed the offensive end a lot, especially when the bench was already lacking offensive firepower.
While he did play solid defense and at stages looked as though he was stepping into that veteran leadership role, his game never really came together.
His per-36 minutes were the worst he’s had since 2004, and immediately improved upon his trade to Portland — make of that what you will.
Playing only 32 games before the trade, which may eventuate in the Kings re-signing Kent Bazemore to a small contract is a pretty good outcome for both parties.
Grade: C+ (Since the Kings got Bazemore)