Ariza on Suns: ‘I’m excited to be here’

After spending the previous four seasons with the Houston Rockets,¬†Trevor Ariza signed a one-year, $15 million free agent deal with the Phoenix Suns and the veteran forward says he’s excited about being part of the franchise.

Ariza says the Suns contacted him in the first minute of free agency.

“Sometimes, things run their course and it’s time for a new start and a new beginning,” Ariza said. “There were a lot of options for me, but the one that showed the most promise was this one. I’m excited to be here. I’m happy to be here. It’s closer to home [Los Angeles] for me.”

In 67 games with the Rockets this past season, Ariza averaged 11.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists while shooting 41.2 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from three. He made $7.4 million in 2017-18.

Ariza’s last game as a Rocket is one he’s going to want to forget. In Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Ariza shot 0-for-12 from the field, including 0-for-9 from three. Houston lost to Golden State at home.

Ariza won the 2009 NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers. He has career averages of 10.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 942 games. The 33-year-old has played for the New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, New Orleans Hornets (now the Pelicans), Washington Wizards, Lakers and Rockets.