Despite some interest, Wizards seemingly set on keeping Ariza

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The Washington Wizards have some tough decisions to make now that they know that All-Star point guard John Wall is done for the remainder of the season, but one player that is reportedly going to stick around is veteran small forward Trevor Ariza.

Ben Standig and Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reported that Ariza, who was brought to the team from the Phoenix Suns on Dec. 17 for Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers, is still a vital part of the plans for the rest of the season.

Ariza has played well this season in his time with the Wizards, as he's averaging 14.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists in his first 16 games.

Wall is done for the year after having surgery on his left heel in December, and the Wizards are currently in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with a mark of 20-26.

The Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans are said to be two teams with an interest in Ariza, as both have postseason hopes and would love to find a veteran wing.

For the Wizards, the hope was with Wall, Bradley Beal and Ariza leading the way the team was going to be able to make a playoff run, but now they will have to rely on just two of the three with Wall watching from the sidelines.

It's gone well recently, with the Wizards having won four of five entering Thursday's game vs. the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.