Wright To Pistons, Ariza To Thunder, Johnson To Mavs In Three-Team Trade

NOVEMBER 27: The Thunder, Mavericks, and Pistons have officially finalized their three-team trade, according to press releases from the teams. As detailed below, Ariza and Jackson are headed to Oklahoma City, Johnson is going to Dallas, and Wright moves to Detroit.

The Thunder also acquired a 2023 second-round pick (the more favorable of Dallas’ and Miami’s picks) and the Mavs’ 2026 second-rounder in the deal.

NOVEMBER 21: The Thunder, Mavericks, and Pistons have agreed to a three-team trade, according to reports from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter links) and Marc Stein of The New York Times (Twitter links).

The move will send James Johnson from Oklahoma City to Dallas and Delon Wright from Dallas to Detroit. The Thunder will receive Trevor Ariza (from the Pistons), Justin Jackson (from the Mavericks), and – unsurprisingly – some form of draft compensation.

From the Mavericks’ perspective, the deal will allow them to open up a roster spot and add some veteran toughness, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, who tweets that Dallas intends to keep Johnson on its roster. Moving Wright, who had two years left on his contract, and taking back Johnson’s expiring $16MM deal also allows the Mavs to create some added cap flexibility for the summer of 2021.

The Pistons will reduce team salary for 2020/21 and will reunite Wright with his former coach in Toronto, Dwane Casey. Having signed a three-year deal in Dallas in 2019, Wright had a decent year off the bench, averaging 6.9 PPG, 3.8 RPG, and 3.3 APG in 73 games (21.5 MPG). But he became expendable when the club acquired Josh Richardson earlier this week.

As for the Thunder, I’d be surprised if they have big plans for Ariza or Jackson — they simply saw another opportunity to pick up an extra draft pick to add to Sam Presti‘s constantly-growing collection.

Ariza, who is still technically a member of the Blazers, has now been part of trade agreements that will send him to Houston, Detroit, and Oklahoma City within the last few days. Those deals will all be completed after the transaction moratorium lifts on Sunday.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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35 thoughts on “Wright To Pistons, Ariza To Thunder, Johnson To Mavs In Three-Team Trade

  1. GoLandCrabs

    You know Vlade Divac was a terrible GM when 2 of his big signings from last off-season keep getting passed around in salary matching deals.

    • hiflew

      He has probably never left his house. He’s only been traded on paper in the offseason. Now if this was an in season trade barrage, then I would feel for the guy.

        • stlcards0911

          Iggy didn’t find a team he was traded because he essentially was throwing a temper tantrum so You mean alienate a bunch of young guys buy basically telling them there not good enough for me to suit up? He literally got millions to do nothing in Memphis….

          • specialfriedrice

            At least Iggy was honest with his club about his situation…he could of just pulled a Kawhi and just blatantly extorted them instead.

  2. Simmons>Russ

    This is yet another great move by Presti.

    Having got James Johnson he’s now traded him for Ariza, Jackson and more draft picks.

    Don’t think OKC are even close to done yet and it’ll be interesting to see what their final 15 man roster looks like.

    I hope they make a play for a couple young Free Agents, Harry Giles would be a terrific fit with Adams and Gallo now gone.

    • WallyWood

      Sam Presti’s so-called greatness will be determined in the coming years with all of the draft picks they have acquired recently while blowing up the team. If they can get three straight MVP’s again just like they did 10 years ago with KD, Westbrook, and Harden then he’s a genius. But the chances of that are slim at best, so maybe if he gets just one or two, then he may not be quite as overrated as he appears right now.

  3. Sillivan

    Trevor Ariza has been traded 5 times in five different team this week.
    I predict that Ariza will be traded two more times this weekend and possibly 3 more times next week.
    It’s called “trade unstoppable”

  4. Sillivan

    Pistons are wild !!!
    Five trades, four new rookies and now four new free-agent agreements in less than five days.

  5. Simmons>Russ

    Does Ariza even bother to fly out to these teams?

    Man has gone from Portland to Houston to Detroit to Oklahoma and I bet he will be traded again soon.

  6. x%sure

    Arizapalooza! Abracadabariza!

    I don’t think Dallas will be moving JJ on. Ideal for their physical needs and pairing with Doncic. Better ‘get’ than Harrell.

  7. formerlyz


    Wow…again, Dallas moving a guard that fits them, but getting back another piece in an area of need. Dallas should be significantly better next year, assuming health

    • formerlyz

      rofl my fatigue level kicking in here…I noticed I had caps lock on, and retyped out the comment, but forgot to delete the caps lock version lol

  8. formerlyz

    Detroit has grabbed a bunch of defensive playmakers. I’ll check out what the roster is looking like a little later, but theoretically they’ve grabbed pieces to put something together around

  9. hoosierhysteria

    The Pistons must have missed the memo that electric cars are the future. They are going no where with bad knees/big contract Griffin.

  10. Sillivan

    Ariza contract has only 1.8 million guarantee amount.
    According to CBA, team can’t trade this kind of Non-guarantee contract, is this correct?
    Maybe Blazers have guaranteed his contract.

  11. The Human Rain Delay

    I look at this and can only think Cuban is betting big on next offseason-

    They’d want Giannis obv

    Theyd love Kawahi

    But they certainly would settle for Paul George

    22 might be closer to Cubans brain right now than 21- LBJ a yr older,Lakers uncertain, Clips good shot at blowin up, then the West becomes wide open

    • WallyWood

      Problem is he’s stuck with KP for 4 more years. They must find a way to trade him for someone who can pair up with Luka during his prime years if they want to compete in the ultra-talented West.

  12. I'm a starboy not a Dr...

    I know Delon Wright is pretty upset. To be traded from raptors to Memphis, then Dallas where he enjoyed being & now to a suck team like Detroit…

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