May 5, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza (1) points after scoring against the Indiana Pacers in game one of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Washington defeats Indiana 102-96. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Mavericks among teams after Trevor Ariza

The Dallas Mavericks are being linked with just about every free agent with their large amount of cap space. Ideally the Mavericks would like a superstar, either LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony, but they’ve got back-up plans in place.

This isn’t the Mavericks first time trying to land a big free agent, they know the significance of having a back up plan after failing to sign one of those big free agents in years past. One of the players they’re looking at is Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza.

From Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles:

The Washington Post reported last month that the Wizards would like to re-sign him.

The Rockets, Mavericks, Pistons, Clippers and Suns are all expected to pursue Ariza once free agency opens on July 1, according to sources.

Shelburne also says that the Lakers are interested in bringing Ariza back, who was a part of the 2009 NBA Championship team. Ariza is 29, young for the Mavs, and coming off a career season, in which he averaged 14.4 points and posted career highs in field goal percentage (45.6), 3-point percentage (40.7) and rebounds (6.2).

Landing Ariza might be as difficult as landing one of the “big fish” free agents, especially in a field that includes at least six teams with cap space, and multiple desirable teams among them.

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