Trevor Ariza Bio: NBA Teams, Net Worth & Family

Trevor Ariza is a prominent American professional basketball player for the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Lakers (NBA).

In his first season with the Lakers, he won an NBA championship in 2009. He played one season of college basketball for the UCLA Bruins before being selected by the New York Knicks as the 43rd pick in the 2004 NBA Draft.

Professional Basketball Player Trevor Ariza (Source: Hot Hot Hoops)
Professional Basketball Player Trevor Ariza (Source: Hot Hot Hoops)

There is no denying his worth, his mental and physical fortitude. Ariza has overcome a slew of adversity to become the two-way linchpin for an NBA playoff team.

There isn’t a single NBA team that couldn’t benefit from Ariza’s tenacity and penchant for crushing whatever gets in his way, whether it’s bone breaks or heartbreaks.

In this article, we will discuss everything there’s about Trevor Ariza. But before getting into details, let’s take a glance at quick facts about him. 

Trevor Ariza: Quick Facts

Full NameTrevor Anthony Ariza
NicknameNot Available 
Birth DateJune 30, 1985
Birth PlaceMiami, Florida
ResidenceNot Available 
ReligionChristian 
NationalityAmerican  
EthnicityAfrican 
EducationWestchester, UCLA 
Zodiac SignCancer  
Father’s NameKenny McClary 
Mother’s NameLolita Ariza 
SiblingsTajh Ariza and Kenny Ariza (brothers)
Age37 years old
Height6 feet 8 inches
Weight215 lb (98 kg)
Eye ColorBrown
Hair ColorBlack
Body TypeAthletic
ProfessionBasketball Player
Marital StatusMarried 
Wife Bree Anderson Ariza 
ChildrenTajh Ariza, Tristan and Taylor 
Active since2004–present
TeamsNew York Knicks
Orlando Magic
Los Angeles Lakers
Houston Rockets
New Orleans Hornets
Washington Wizards
Phoenix Suns
Sacramento Kings
Portland Trail Blazers
Miami Heat
AchievementsNBA champion (2009)
Pac-10 All-Freshman Team (2004)
Second-team Parade All-American (2003)
California Mr. Basketball (2003)
Endorsements Not Available 
Net Worth$20 million
NBA Draft Pick2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43rd overall
PositionSmall forward
LeagueNBA
MerchLakers Jersey
Social Media Twitter
Last UpdateDecember 2022

Amateur Career 

Trevor attended Westchester High School in Los Angeles, where as a junior in 2001–02, he led the Comets to the California State championship with teammates and future NBA players Hassan Adams, Brandon Heath, and Bobby Brown.

Ariza, a five-star recruit according to Rivals.com, was ranked as the No. 5 power forward and the No. 18 player in the country in 2003.

Ariza played in 25 games (23 starts) as a freshman at UCLA in 2003–04, averaging 6.5 rebounds, 11.6 points, and a team-high 1.7 steals.

He was later named to the Pac 10 All-Freshman team at the end of the 2003-2004 season. Following his freshman year at UCLA, he declared for the NBA Draft.

Trevor Ariza: Age & Height 

Trevor was born on June 30, 1985. As a result, he has reached the age of 37 years old.

Trevor has a well-kept body and appears to be quite athletic in terms of physical appearance.

In addition, the player is 6 feet 8 inches tall and weighs around 98 kg. Unfortunately, the athlete’s other body measurements are unknown. On regards of the NBA player’s other physical stats, we will update you as soon as we have the most recent information.

The athlete has lovely dark hair and brown eyes. He is also of African-American descent and of American nationality.

Trevor was born under the Cancer astrological sign. Cancer-born people are emotional, sensitive, family-oriented, and have a strong sense of initiative, which is very relatable to the NBA player.

NBA Draft 

The New York Knicks selected Ariza in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2004 NBA Draft.

During his rookie season with New York, he appeared in 80 games and averaged 3.0 rebounds, 5.9 points, and 1.1 assists per game.

He was the youngest player to ever wear a Knicks uniform at the time (19 years, four months, and four days old).

His 80 games and 1,382 minutes on the court was the highest game time ever played by a rookie Knicks player since Greg Anthony in 1991–92. (82 games played).

Trevor Ariza: NBA Teams 

Orlando Magic (2006–2007)

Ariza and Penny Hardaway were traded to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Steve Francis in February 2006.

He appeared in 21 games after the trade and averaged 4.7 points per game for the rest of the season.

Trevor appeared in 57 games and started seven of them during the 2006–07 season. He averaged 8.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game.

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Los Angeles Lakers (2007–2009)

Trevor was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in November 2007 in exchange for Brian Cook and Maurice Evans.

In January 2008, he broke his bone in a right foot, but he returned to play in Game second of the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs in May, scoring a basket during his first minute of action.

The Lakers defeated the Spurs in five games to advance to the 2008 NBA Finals, where they were defeated by the Boston Celtics in six games.

Most Traded Player in NBA History Trevor Ariza (Source: Sactown Royalty)
Most Traded Player in NBA History Trevor Ariza (Source: Sactown Royalty)

He started 20 of the 82 games he played during the 2008–09 season. Ariza was ejected from a game against Portland on March 9, 2009, after committing a flagrant foul on Rudy Fernández.

Ariza set a career-high with 26 points, three steals, three rebounds, and two assists against the Dallas Mavericks on March 15, 2009. He began to show more defensive ability after becoming a starter.

Ariza agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Lakers on a one-year contract worth $2,641,691 on August 6, 2021.

Championship Season

Ariza set a playoff career-high with 21 points in Game 1 of the first round against the Utah Jazz.  

Trevor stole an inbound pass from Chauncey Billups in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Denver Nuggets to help the Lakers defeat the Nuggets.

In Game 3, the Lakers led by 2 points with 37.1 seconds remaining when Ariza intercepted Kenyon Martin’s pass to Carmelo Anthony near midcourt, allowing the Lakers to take a 2–1 lead.  

The Lakers won the series 4–2, advancing to the NBA Finals against the Orlando Magic.

Ariza scored 13 points in the third quarter to help the Lakers win in overtime in Game 4 of the NBA Finals after going 0-for-6 in the first half. In addition, he also had nine rebounds and three 3-pointers.

The Lakers won their 15th NBA championship in five games, 4–1. Ariza averaged a career-high 4.2 rebounds and 11.3 points in the playoffs while shooting 50 percent from three-point range.

Houston Rockets (2009–2010)

Ariza signed a five-year, $33 million contract with the Houston Rockets on July 3, 2009. Ariza was signed using the Rockets’ Disabled Player Exception for injured center Yao Ming.
 
Trevor set a career-high with 33 points against the Portland Trail Blazers on October 31, 2009, in a 111–107 Rockets victory.
 
Moreover, Ariza was ejected on December 13, 2009, after attempting to punch DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors after stealing the ball. He was then suspended for one game.
 
In the Rockets ‘ last game of the season, the athlete recorded his first career triple-double on April 14, 2010, tallying 26 points, ten rebounds, and ten assists.
 

In exchange for Rashard Lewis and a draft pick from the New Orleans Hornets,  Emeka Okafor and Ariza were traded to the Washington Wizards on June 20, 2012.

In a 113–112 defeat to the Houston Rockets on February 12, 2014, Ariza hit a career-high ten three-pointers to score a season-high 32 points, as well as 11 rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

Ariza scored a career-high 40 points, including eight 3-pointers, in a 122–103 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on March 1, 2014.

Trevor set a playoff career-high 30 points against the Chicago Bulls in Game 4 of their 2014 NBA Playoffs first-round matchup on April 27, 2014, which the Wizards won 98–89. In the conference semifinals, the team was defeated in six games by the Indiana Pacers.

Return to Houston (2014–2018)

In a three-team sign-and-trade deal, Ariza was re-acquired by the Houston Rockets on July 15, 2014.

It also included the New Orleans Pelicans, with  Omri Casspi and Omer Asik going to the Pelicans, Melvin Ely going to the Wizards, and Ariza going to the Rockets, along with Alonzo Gee and Scotty Hopson.

NBA Player Trevor Ariza (Source: Sports Illustrated)
NBA Player Trevor Ariza (Source: Sports Illustrated)

On February 6, 2015, the athlete tied a season-high with 24 points in a 117–111 victory, snapping a 172-game winning streak.

On January 24, 2016, he set a season-high with 29 points and six three-pointers in a 115–104 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

The next night, he surpassed that total, scoring 31 points in a 112–111 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Win & Loss

On February 27, Ariza hit two three-pointers against the San Antonio Spurs, extending his streak to 29 games, the longest by a Rockets player since Aaron Brooks hit 39 in a row in the 2009–10 season.

On March 2, he went 0-for-8 from three-point range against the New Orleans Pelicans, ending his streak.

Ariza scored 19 points and had six assists in a 127-105 victory over the Golden State Warriors throughout Game 2 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals on May 17, 2018.

Ariza missed all nine of his 3-point attempts in Game 7 of the series, a deciding loss, and the Rockets set an NBA playoff record with 27 consecutive missed 3-point attempts. 

Phoenix Suns (2018)

On July 6, 2018, Trevor Ariza agreed to terms with the Phoenix Suns on a one-year, $15 million contract.

On October 17, 2018, Ariza made his Suns debut, scoring 21 points, seven assists, and eight rebounds in a 121–100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

Return to Washington (2018–2019)

Ariza was traded to the Washington Wizards on December 17, 2018, in exchange for Austin Rivers and Kelly Oubre Jr.

On January 13, 2019, the athlete narrowly missed his second career triple-double, recording 23 points, nine rebounds, and ten assists in a 140–138 double-overtime loss to the Toronto Raptors.

Sacramento Kings (2019–2020)

Ariza signed a two-year, $25 million contract with the Sacramento Kings on July 7, 2019.

Ariza had a season-high 18 points and six rebounds in a 111-99 win over the Golden State Warriors on January 6, 2020.

Portland Trail Blazers (2020)

On January 20, 2020, Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel, and Caleb Swanigan were traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver, and two future second-round draft picks.

On June 22, 2020, Ariza announced that he would not be returning to the NBA season’s start in Orlando. Instead, he agreed to a one-month visitation period with his young son, according to ESPN.

Ariza, Isaiah Stewart’s draft rights, and a conditional future first-round pick were traded to the Houston Rockets on November 22, 2020, in exchange for Robert Covington.

Trevor Ariza in the frame (Source: numberFire)
Trevor Ariza in the frame (Source: numberFire)

As part of a sign-and-trade deal, Ariza and Stewart were traded to the Detroit Pistons on November 24 in exchange for Christian Wood.

On November 27, Trevor, Justin Jackson, a 2023 second-round pick (from either Miami or Dallas), and a 2026 second-round pick were transferred to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a three-team trade involving the Detroit Pistons.

During his time with the Thunder, Ariza never reported to the team and never played a game for them.

Miami Heat (2021)

On March 17, 2021, Trevor Ariza was transferred to the Miami Heat in exchange for Meyers Leonard and a future second-round draft pick.

He appeared in 30 games, starting 27, and averaged 9.4 points, 1.8 assists, and 4.8 rebounds.

Trevor Ariza: Family 

Ariza’s stepfather, Kenny McClary, played basketball at the University of Florida during the mid to late 1980s and professionally with the Sydney Kings of Australia.

Ariza’s grandfather, Osvaldo Ariza, and his Grand Turk parents, Lolita Ariza and Trevor Saunders, are both of Turks and Caicos Islander descent.

Ariza contemplated changing his citizenship in order to play for the Dominican Republic national basketball team. He did, however, accept an invitation to Team USA’s training camp.

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Controversy: Accused of Child Abuse 

Trevor’s life has been a rollercoaster ride: he has lost a loved one, been traded more times than he would like in the NBA, and was accused of abusing his son Tajh Ariza in 2020.

Lana Allen, the child’s mother, claimed the NBA star had a habit of administering corporal punishment that resulted in injuries and sought a restraining order on the child’s behalf. The violence was depicted in graphic detail.

Allen claimed that the child was afraid of his father and sought a restraining order against Ariza to protect their son.

Trevor Ariza along with his wife and kids (Source: playersgf)
Trevor Ariza, along with his wife and kids (Source: playersgf)

Allen obtained a temporary restraining order but was denied an extension after Ariza fought back and was found not guilty of the charges.

The judge concluded that Trevor was not a threat after hearing testimony from all parties involved, including both parents, therapists, the child, and others.

The judge granted Allen primary custody and granted Trevor significant visitation time in order to improve their relationship.

Trevor Ariza: Wife

Trevor is married to his long-term girlfriend Bree Anderson, a charming black woman with a fair complexion, and they have three children, two boys, and one girl.

The family includes a six-year-old boy named Tajh, a three-year-old boy named Tristan, and a new baby girl named Taylor.

Whenever they appear in public, the couple always appears to be having a good time with their children. Many of their social media photos show them arm in arm, beaming at each other or in a romantic embrace.

You can safely assume that the couple is in marital bliss and embracing each other’s company.

Trevor Ariza: Net Worth 

According to sources, Ariza has a net worth of $20 million as of 2022. His salary and various endorsements account for the majority of his net worth.

According to Spotrac, Ariza agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Lakers on a one-year, $2,641,691 contract, with $2,641,691 guaranteed and an annual average salary of $2,641,691.

Ariza will earn a base salary of $2,641,691 in the 2021-22 season, making a cap hit sum of $1,669,178 and a dead cap salary of $1,669,178.

There is no information about Ariza’s endorsement deals available.

Social Media Presence 

Trevor is a frequent user of Twitter in terms of his social media presence. He is frequently posting and tweeting about his life.

He is candid with his fans and followers about his personal life. Follow him on his social media account to better picture his personal and professional life.

Twitter– 71.3k followers 

FAQs

Is Trevor Ariza Good?

Trevor Ariza is one of the best (if also one of the few) wing defenders on the team. In addition, switching from guarding point guards to wings could help him improve in an area where he was already quite good.

What happened to  Trevor Ariza?

Trevor Ariza was sidelined for at least two months following ankle surgery, Los Angeles announced in October 2021. According to the team, he had “an arthroscopic debridement procedure performed on his right ankle.”

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