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Woj: Trevor Ariza Opting Out of Playing for Blazers in Orlando

Ariza is choosing to fulfill a one-month visitation period with his son instead, according to Wojnarowski.

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Portland Trail Blazers forward Trevor Ariza is opting to not play in the NBA’s Orlando restart in order to fulfill a one-month visitation period with his 12-year-old son, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Ariza’s son is the subject of a custody case, per Wojnarowski:

Ariza joined the Blazers is February after he was traded by the Sacramento Kings. The 15-year veteran started in each of the 21 games he appeared in for Portland, averaging 11 points and 4.8 rebounds in 33.4 minutes per game. The forward helped boost Portland’s outside shooting by knocking down 40% of his 3-point attempts.

ESPN’s Bobby Marks points out that Portland is allowed to sign a replacement player for Ariza, and the substitute player’s salary won’t count towards the team’s overall salary:

You can read Steve Dewald’s outline of possible free-agent options for Portland here.