Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/9/13
While watching Bradley Beal and John Wall working out last month with Wizards assistants Ryan Saunders and Joe Connelly at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas Trevor Ariza couldn’t resist the chance to put up some shots. So Ariza grabbed a ball and started shooting three-pointers and fadeaway jumpers — in jeans. Ariza paid a brief visit to Las Vegas to watch the Wizards’ summer league team and catch up with some of his teammates and coaches. Before the franchise gave Wall a maximum contract extension signed free agents Martell Webster Eric Maynor and Garrett Temple and drafted Otto Porter Jr. and Glen Rice Jr. Ariza actually kicked off the team’s offseason when he informed the organization that he planned to pick up his option worth $7.7 million to remain with the team through the 2013-14 season. “This is a business” Ariza said recently explaining his decision. “And with the way the free agents thing went this year I don’t think it was a good year to be a free agent. But you know what I’m just here to play basketball ready to go just work on my game and try to help the team win.” The move was expected because Ariza had already stated that he had no plans to “leave money on the table.” But it also didn’t deter the organization from taking Porter and bringing back Webster creating more of a logjam at small forward than last season when Ariza reluctantly accepted the role as a “sixth starter” after losing his starting job to Webster.
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