Ariza will not play for the Trail Blazers when the season resumes in Orlando, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Ariza is involved in a custody case regarding his 12-year-old son and has been granted a visitation window that overlaps with the league's return-to-play plan. As such, Ariza will not join the Trail Blazers in Orlando, leaving the team without one of its best two-way players. Ariza joined the Trail Blazers in late January after beginning the season in Sacramento.
Ariza posted 22 points (7-12 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, one steal and one block across 37 minutes during Tuesday's 121-105 victory over the Suns.
Ariza continued his strong play Tuesday, hitting a season-high five threes in the victory over Phoenix. Since the All-Star break, he's averaging 12.0 points on 7.8 shots, plus 5.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals in 35.5 minutes. Ariza's stretch of performances makes him a strong option for the fantasy playoffs in most leagues.
Ariza posted 17 points (5-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT), five rebounds, three assists and one steal across 36 minutes during Friday's 127-117 loss to the Suns.
Ariza has provided strong contributions for the Trail Blazers as they hunt the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoff race. Across the past 11 games, he's averaging 12.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and a combined 2.5 steals-plus-blocks. He's also shooting an efficient 51.2 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from distance and 87.9 percent from the charity stripe. Ariza should be owned in most fantasy formats while he continues playing like this.
Ariza recorded 15 points (3-5 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 7-8 FT), four assists, three rebounds, two steals and two blocks across 34 minutes during Wednesday's 125-104 win over the Wizards.
Wednesday was one of Ariza's best performances of the season, and this is the type of upside the Trail Blazers were banking on when trading for him. In terms of efficient two-way efforts, his statline was a rare one. With his effort in the win, Ariza became just one of six players over the past 10 years to post at least 15 points on five or fewer shots, plus two steals and two blocks. Over the past 10 games, Ariza is averaging 11.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.5 threes across 35.4 minutes.
Ariza finished with eight points (3-10 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 0-1 FT), four assists, one rebound and one steal in 37 minutes during Thursday's 106-100 loss to Indiana.
Ariza struggled from the field in the loss, unable to replicate his strong scoring night from only 48 hours prior. Over the past two weeks, Ariza has been a top-90 player across standard leagues, albeit with a positive contribution in steals and field goal percentage only. He can have 12-team value, but his upside is certainly capped and not everyone is going to need what he can offer moving forward.
Ariza compiled 17 points (5-6 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 5-5 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in 38 minutes during Tuesday's 118-106 loss to the Celtics.
Ariza continues to play a big role for the Trail Blazers, who are without their primary ball handler in Damian Lillard (groin). Ariza's scoring has been far from consistent since he joined the franchise; however, he has been a steady source of steals. The playing time is basically assured right now, and he should at least be considered in 12-team formats, especially if you are lacking in defensive production.
Ariza recorded 21 points (7-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), five assists, four rebounds, three steals and a block across 39 minutes during Sunday's win over the Heat.
Ariza topped 20 points for the third time since joining the Trail Blazers towards the end of January. While Sunday's outburst was impressive, the veteran forward's struggled with his consistency on offense. Since joining Portland, Ariza's managed to generate 10.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game but has cracked double digits on just those three occasions.
Ariza tallied just five points (1-3 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes during Tuesday's 127-99 loss to Denver.
Ariza has been the 70th-ranked player over the past two weeks, all of which have been spent with the Trail Blazers. Despite his ranking, Ariza has done very little to help your fantasy team outside of racking up steals. He has scored in double digits only two times, with his other four games totaling just 20 points. If you don't need steals, Ariza is certainly not someone to target in standard formats.
Ariza notched 21 points (9-14 FG, 3-6 3Pt), four rebounds, two steals and one assist in 38 minutes during Wednesday's 125-112 win over the Rockets.
Ariza has scored 21 points in two of his three games as a Trail Blazer, but those performances got sandwiched in between a seven-point effort. As a result, it's hard to project what kind of role he will have in an offense with several mouths to feed in Carmelo Anthony, C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard. He should have a decent floor thanks to his three-point shooting and ability to rack up defensive stats, but he might have a larger-than-expected workload on offense if we take into account his first three games with Portland.
Ariza contributed seven points (3-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt), four rebounds and one assist in 32 minutes Sunday in the Trail Blazers' 139-129 win over the Pacers.
Ariza filled out the stat sheet nicely in his team debut three days earlier (21 points, seven boards, two assists and two steals in 36 minutes), but he couldn't deliver a repeat performance to close out the weekend. Though his minutes didn't drop off in a major way, Ariza saw his usage rate plummet from 16.2 percent to 12.7 percent, a consequence of C.J. McCollum's (ankle) return from a three-game absence. With McCollum, Lillard, Carmelo Anthony and Hassan Whiteside set to dominate the Blazers' touches when all are available, Ariza profiles mainly as a steals and three-pointers specialist.
Ariza posted 21 points (7-11 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and two steals over 36 minutes in Portland's 133-125 loss to the Mavericks on Thursday.
In his first game as a Trail Blazer, Ariza made his presence felt and was not shy about taking tough shots. He has stepped into a massive role with C.J. McCollum (ankle) out as well as Kent Bazemore going the other way in the trade. Portland's offense will not score 125 points every night, but with a bottom-third defense they will have plenty of offensive possessions. It's not crazy to envision Ariza returning to his Houston form given the situation. Carmelo Anthony-esque numbers with an uptick in defensive stats is a plausible expectation for the remainder of the season.
Ariza will start Thursday's game against the Mavericks.
Ariza will enter the starting lineup for his first matchup as a Trail Blazer. He's expected to serve as Portland's starting small forward moving forward.
Coach Terry Stotts said Tuesday that he expects Ariza to serve as the Trail Blazers' regular starting small forward, Dan Sheldon of NBC Sports Northwest Rip City Radio 620 reports.
The trade between the Blazers and Kings became official Tuesday, so unless he's dealing with an unreported injury, Ariza should be available to make his debut Thursday against Dallas. The veteran will likely step right into a major role, essentially filling the shoes of Kent Bazemore, who was sent to Sacramento in the deal. Ariza's numbers are down significantly across the board this season, but he never quite fit in with the Kings, so there's hope that a better situation will help rejuvenate the 34-year-old.
Ariza (not injury related) won't be available Monday for Portland's game against the Warriors.
The Trail Blazers and Kings have yet to officially finalize Saturday's trade that saw five players change teams. As a result, Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan will have to wait until at least Thursday against the Mavericks to make their Portland debuts.
Ariza was traded from the Kings -- along with Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan -- to the Trail Blazers on Saturday in exchange for Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver and two second-round picks, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
With the move, Portland will save some luxury tax dollars while also adding a much-needed frontcourt presence. With the Kings, Ariza played 24.7 minutes per game, averaging 6.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals while also shooting 35.2 percent from distance. It's possible he sees his role increase with the Trail Blazers.
Ariza contributed 15 points (3-8 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and two steals across 31 minutes during the Kings' 114-103 win over the Suns on Tuesday.
The veteran was one of the leaders of the Kings' comeback from a 21-point third-quarter deficit. Ariza has now put together back-to-back double-digit scoring efforts and has logged over 30 minutes in three consecutive contests, with Marvin Bagley's ongoing absence due to a foot injury playing a part in Ariza's bump in opportunity. The 34-year-old's production will still be subject to fluctuation from game to game due to his second-unit role, but he remains a viable deeper-league option with the ability to offer serviceable contributions in points, rebounds and steals.
Ariza had 18 points (7-9 FG, 4-6 3PT, 0-2 FT), six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 32 minutes off the bench during Monday's 111-98 win over the Warriors.
Ariza is yet to start a single game this season and was coming off five straight single-digit scoring performances before exploding here. This was his highest scoring output of the season, but he has been extremely inconsistent despite logging over 25 minutes per game on a regular basis, so his upside isn't very high at the moment.
Ariza (illness) logged 17 minutes off the bench Sunday in the Kings' 120-115 loss to the Nuggets, chipping in six points (2-6 FG, 2-5 3Pt), four rebounds and two assists.
Ariza missed the front end of the Kings' back-to-back set Saturday versus the Suns while feeling under the weather, but he stepped back into the rotation in Denver. The veteran could see a slight uptick in playing time in the games to come with Marvin Bagley (foot) facing an uncertain return timeline, but even when he receives big minutes this season, Ariza hasn't shown the ability to put up useful fantasy production. He's averaging just 8.4 points, 6.8 boards, 2.1 assists and 1.5 steals per 36 minutes in 2019-20.
Coach Luke Walton said after Saturday's 112-110 loss to the Suns that Ariza didn't play in the contest because he wasn't feeling well, Jason Jones of The Athletic reports.
Ariza still dressed for the contest, but he ultimately went unused while he was under the weather, allowing Bogdan Bogdanovic (31 minutes), Yogi Ferrell (22 minutes) and Justin James (eight minutes) to see some extra run. The Kings will finish off their back-to-back set Sunday in Denver, and an update on Ariza's status for that game should be available shortly before the 8 p.m. ET tipoff.
Ariza (personal) is not listed on the Kings' injury report ahead of Saturday's game against the Grizzlies.
Ariza was a late scratch from Friday's loss to the Pacers due to personal reasons. His absence from Saturday's injury report indicates he is good to go and will be available to take on his usual role.
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