Blazers’ Trevor Ariza Opting Out Of NBA Restart

Trail Blazers forward Trevor Ariza will voluntarily opt out of participating in the NBA’s restart this summer, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

As Wojnarowski explains, Ariza has been involved in a custody case over his 12-year-old son, and the mother has granted a court-ordered one-month visitation period that overlaps with the NBA’s time in Orlando.

The NBA isn’t permitting family members to join players in the Disney bubble until after the first round of the postseason, forcing Ariza to make a choice. He has decided to spend that month with his son rather than joining the Blazers.

Ariza had established himself as a key part of the Blazers’ lineup since being acquired in a midseason trade. He had started 21 games for Portland, averaging 11.0 PPG and 4.8 RPG on .491/.400/.872 shooting in 33.4 minutes per contest.

The Blazers will miss Ariza’s three-and-D ability on the wing as they attempt to push for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Currently, Portland is 3.5 games back of the Grizzlies for the No. 8 seed — the team would force a play-in tournament if it finishes within four games of Memphis and hangs onto the No. 9 seed.

With Ariza no longer in the mix and Rodney Hood out for the season, the Blazers will have to rely on the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Mario Hezonja, Nassir Little, and Gary Trent on the wing.

As Bobby Marks of ESPN notes (via Twitter), the Blazers have an open roster spot and will also be eligible to add a substitute player in Ariza’s place. With their star guards healthy and Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins due back from injuries to fortify the frontcourt, Portland can afford to focus on the wing as it considers potential roster additions.

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15 thoughts on “Blazers’ Trevor Ariza Opting Out Of NBA Restart

  1. gozurman1

    I respect him for choosing his child over the game. Considering how divorces go and custody battles go, you can’t turn down time with your child in these types of cases.

  2. El Don

    At least ain’t about C-19 or BLM! You can respect a man for putting his family ahead of his job, that’s for sure!

  3. Jeff Zanghi

    Good for him. That sucks for the Trailblazers (and him really too having to chose) but very respectable that he made the choice he did!

  4. Cedric Lee

    “the Blazers will have to rely on the likes of Carmelo Anthony”

    that’s never a good sign

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Losing their best defender will certainly hurt their already slim chances of making the playoffs. Getting Nurkic back would obviously offset some of the loss on defense, but when Melo is one of your starters the team is always going to struggle on the defensive end of the court.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      I seriously doubt that. He already won a ring with LA 10 years ago, and people highly overrate the chances of a Lakers/Bucks Finals anyway.

  5. Skip, Tampa

    Good for Ariza in choosing Health and Family first.
    A shot at the Playoffs and 2 months pay verses Civil Rights is a no brainier for sure. PLAYOFFS !!!

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