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Report: Wizards in advanced talks to trade for Suns’ Ariza

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Former NBA champion and valuable 3-and-D swingman Trevor Ariza could be on the move as soon as Saturday.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Suns and Wizards are nearing a multi-team deal that would send Ariza to Washington, Austin Rivers to Phoenix and Kelly Oubre to Memphis.

Ariza previously played in Washington for two seasons (2012-14), and it was there he blossomed as a 3-point shooting specialist. The former second-round pick teamed up with John Wall and Bradley Beal to help the Wizards advance to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. After four years with Houston, Ariza signed a one-year deal with the young Suns during the 2018 offseason.

Phoenix, however, is dead-last in the West at 5-24 and in need of a point guard to play alongside Devin Booker. The Suns are a bottom-five team on both offense and defense while alternating between rookie point guards Elie Okobo and De’Anthony Melton.

Memphis, meanwhile, acquires a versatile swingman in Oubre. The 15th overall pick in 2015 is averaging a career-high 13.0 points per game, but will enter restricted free agency in 2019.

NBA.com will have more on this story as it develops.



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Grizzlies expect Brooks to miss rest of season

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies guard/forward Dillon Brooks is expected to miss the remainder of the season because of a ruptured ligament in his right big toe.

The Grizzlies announced that Brooks underwent surgery Friday. The Grizzlies said Brooks should have a full recovery in time for the 2019-20 training camp.

Brooks, 22, appeared in 18 games this season off the bench and averaged 7.5 points, 1.7 rebounds and 18.3 minutes.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Brooks, a former second-round pick from Oregon, was the only Memphis player to play in all 82 games last season. The Grizzlies acquired Brooks immediately after the Houston Rockets selected him with the 45th overall selection in the 2017 draft.

Brooks made 74 starts his rookie year and averaged 11 points, 3.1 rebounds and 28.7 minutes.

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Embiid sits out game against Hawks

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PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia center Joel Embiid sat out the 76ers’ game Friday night against Atlanta because of a sore left ankle.

Embiid hurt his ankle in a loss to Washington on Wednesday night. Embiid was one of the final players to leave the court during warmups and shot long jumpers wearing “Trust the Process” sneakers.

Embiid leads the 76ers with averages of 26.9 points and 13.4 rebounds in 40 games.

Mike Muscala started against the Hawks.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo sits vs. Wizards with hip, quad injuries

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been ruled out of the Bucks’ game Friday night against the Washington Wizards because of right quadriceps soreness and a left hip contusion.

It will be the third game Antetokounmpo has missed this season. The 6-foot-11 player from Greece is averaging 26.6 points, 12.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists and has emerged as an MVP candidate in his sixth season. The Bucks entered Friday with the best record in the Eastern Conference.

“Hopefully, it’s nothing too serious,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “He got hit a few games ago, and kind of been managing it.”

Antetokounmpo played 37 minutes Wednesday night in a victory at Houston. Milwaukee is 2-0 this season when he does not play.
 

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