Free agent forward Trevor Ariza will be cashing in soon as a handful of teams are lining up to reward the 29-year-old following his career season last year.
The Mavericks, Cavaliers, Lakers and Heat are pursuing Ariza, who averaged 14.4 points a game with the Washington Wizards last season. Ariza has improved his 3-point shooting while maintaining his defensive prowess. Ariza is seeking a deal in the $9 million to $11 million a year range, according to CBSSports.com.
The Heat would have to complete a sign-and-trade deal to be able to pay Ariza what he is asking. The other three teams are waiting for free agents LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to make decisions, which will impact offers those teams can make for Ariza.
The Wizards, who finally made the playoffs last season, also would like to re-sign Ariza.