Trevor Ariza started Friday as a part of this Phoenix Suns. He ended Friday as a part of the Phoenix Suns. However, for a few hours, then it looked as if the 15th-year forwards would be about the move. A deal that would’ve sent him to the Washington Wizards was completed, then dropped apart in a fashion unlike we’ve ever seen before in the NBA. On Saturday, a deal was finally produced sending Ariza to the Wizards using Kelly Oubre and Austin Rivers Likely to the Suns. We’ll let our colleagues tell the story, as they can.

9:53 p.m. ET — The Trade

The very first news of this deal sending Ariza to Washington — just one who wouldn’t be able to be officially done until Saturday, when Ariza becomes eligible to be exchanged — bankrupt right as the Wizards were wrapping a 125-118 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. The particulars of the suggested trade followed fast.

But because it turned out, it wasn’t individuals reporting the transaction who were perplexed which Brooks was sent to Phoenix — it was the people MAKING the transaction.


10:57 p.m. ET — The Jokes

With the status up in the air of the trade, #NBATwitter did everything it does best: make jokes.

Even NBA players got involved, for example Grizzlies forwards DJ Stephens, that was taken on an emotional rollercoaster at the night’s events.


11:06 p.m. ET — The End


11:34 p.m. ET — The Encore

Saturday, just before noon ET — For real this time

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