Report: Damian Lillard wants Trevor Ariza, other free agents in Portland
Wizards small forward Trevor Ariza and Mavericks swingman Vince Carter are just a few of the names Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard wants to see Portland go out and recruit this summer, CSN Northwest's Chris Haynes reported Monday.
Asked for his top preference for a free agent signing, Lillard said it's Mo Williams -- a 2009 All-Star whose one-year, $2.6 million deal as Lillard's backup expired after this past season. When asked for others he would like to see Portland at least go out and take a look at when free agency begins at midnight, Lillard responded with the following free agent list in a text to Haynes: Channing Frye, Vince Carter, Spencer Hawes, Trevor Ariza.
Frye is a free agent after making $6.4 million last year with the Suns. Carter earned $3.1 million from the Mavericks. Hawes, who was dealt by the 76ers to the Cavaliers in a deadline trade, made $6.5 million. Ariza received $7.7 million in the final year of his deal with the Wizards.
Williams is a free agent after declining his player option for next year. He wants to remain in Portland and has no meetings scheduled with other teams, Haynes reported. Frye, who spent two years in Portland, has a home there. Carter would be "open" to the idea, Haynes reported, but wants to remain in Dallas. Hawes is a Northwest native, which makes the idea plausible, while the Trail Blazers getting Ariza is unlikely because he is a starting-caliber swingman who would have to compete for minutes with Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews.