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The Washington Wizards have agreed to a trade that will send guard Austin Rivers and forward Kelly Oubre to the Phoenix Suns for forward Trevor Ariza, according to multiple reports.
The deal follows a failed three-team trade Friday that also involved the Memphis Grizzlies.
At least eight teams were said to be interested in Ariza, who had strongly been linked as a trade target for the Los Angeles Lakers.
But Suns owner Robert Sarver reportedly was hesitant to trade Ariza to the Lakers after Phoenix received criticism for center Tyson Chandler winding up with LA.
Ariza, 33, is averaging 9.9 points and 5.6 rebounds. This will be his second stint with the Wizards.
Rivers, 26, is averaging 7.2 points and 2.6 rebounds. Both Rivers and Ariza were in their first seasons with the Wizards and Suns, respectively.
Oubre, 23, is averaging 12.9 points and 4.4 boards.
The Suns have been seeking a point guard such as Rivers since trading Brandon Knight to the Houston Rockets in August.
Rivers was taken aback by the trade after learning of the initial deal Friday.
“This kind of hit me as a surprise,” Rivers said, via Candace Buckner of The Washington Post. “We got 54 games left. I thought we had some more time to get this going together, but you know, they want to go in a different direction apparently.”