Ariza wants to stay
According to an NBA official familiar with details of the Knicks' trade with Orlando for Steve Francis, Magic officials were pleasantly surprised that Isiah Thomas didn't force them to accept another contract along with Penny Hardaway's expiring contract and Trevor Ariza.
It was the perfect opportunity to dump Maurice Taylor's remaining two years. The Knicks could have taken back a player or two with expiring contracts and saved themselves Taylor's $9.75-million salary next year.
'How could that happen?' the executive said. 'It's unbelievable.'
Ariza likes Orlando
Ariza will be a free agent this summer, but he'd like to remain with the Magic. 'I definitely think I could be here,' he said. 'We have three guys 20 years old. If we all grow together, it will be good for the organization.'"