Warriors could pursue Ariza in free agency

Houston Rockets small forward Trevor Ariza will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason and the Golden State Warriors internally have discussed going after the swingman, according to ESPN reporter Chris Haynes.

“That’s a name I’m hearing that could be intriguing,” Haynes said on Tim Kawakami podcast.

In 67 games with the Rockets this 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.

Ariza, who made $7.4 million this year, would need to take a substantial pay-cut in order to join the Warriors.

The 32-year-old fits what Golden State is building, as he’s a long, versatile player who can guard multiple positions and hit open threes.

Ariza won the 2009 NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers.