The moves on NBA Draft night don't seem to be stopping, and yet another team is making a move with hopes of improving its roster for the coming season.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Trevor Ariza has been traded to the Detroit Pistons along with the 16th. pick in the 2020 NBA Draft in exchange for a future first round pick. This move was solely made for the Rockets to use their mid-level exception in free agency.
Also, Houston purchased Detroit's 2021 second-round pick.
Houston is trading Trevor Ariza and the No. 16 pick tonight to Detroit for a future first-round pick, sources tell ESPN. The deal gives the Rockets - a hard-capped team -- the freedom to use their mid-level exception in free agency.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 18, 2020
The Rockets are purchasing Detroit's 2021 second-round pick -- via the Lakers -- for $4.6M, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 18, 2020
Ariza was just dealt to Houston as a part of the trade which landed Robert Covington in Portland.
The 35 year-old veteran played 53 games last season with Portland, averaging 8 points and almost 5 rebounds per contest, while shooting 43% from the field. Ariza missed the NBA restart in Orlando by committing instead to a one-month visitation window with his 12 year-old son.
Troy Weaver keeps making strides as the new General Manager for the Pistons. In his first draft, Weaver will be picking at No. 7 and 16. As soon as the trades were allowed this offseason, Weaver sent Bruce Brown to Brooklyn in exchange of Dzanan Musa and a second-round pick.