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Stotts: Trevor Ariza Will ‘Probably’ Be Blazers’ Starting Small Forward

Stotts commended Ariza’s experience and ability to space the floor.

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Sacramento Kings Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Trail Blazers’ trade for Trevor Ariza became official Tuesday, meaning his team debut is just around the corner. Ariza is poised for a big role on a team lacking depth at the wing. Terry Stotts talked about Ariza’s arrival on Rip City Radio, saying that the 15-year veteran will “probably” be Portland’s starting small forward:

“Trevor Ariza will probably be our starting small forward. He has great experience. He has been, in his career, a very good defender. He’s a good three-point shooter, so he’ll be able to space. His experience will blend really well with the starters. He’s a good guy. Different guys know him as a player and as a person. I think he’ll be a great fit for us.”

Ariza averaged 24.7 minutes in 32 games with the Sacramento Kings, coming off the bench for each contest. He registered 6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while shooting 35.2 percent from deep.

Portland next hosts the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday.