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Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza said is was "extremely tough" for him to leave the Wizards after playing two seasons in Washington.

By SI Wire
October 07, 2014

Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza said is was "extremely tough" for him to leave the Wizards after playing two seasons in Washington.

Ariza averaged 14.4 points and 6.2 rebounds and shot 40.7 percent from three-point range in 77 games with the Wizards last season.

From The Washington Post:

“It was extremely tough to leave Washington,” Ariza said. “Especially with the chemistry that we built, players getting better over there. My family and the players, our families became really close. That was tough, I ain’t going to lie. But sometimes, things don’t always go the way they’re supposed to go, so for me, I sort of feel like that’s the story of my life. But it is what it is. I don’t have any bad things to say or any ill feelings about anything. I’ve just got to move on.”

In July, the Rockets signed Ariza to a four-year contract reportedly worth $32 million. The 29-year-old appeared in 72 games for the Rockets during the 2009-10 season.

- Chris Johnson

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