By Kathleen Joyce
Published December 15, 2018
An NBA deal went awry after team officials appeared to be confused over which player, both with the last name Brooks, would be traded.
The confusion began on Friday night as reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal was slated to be between the Washington Wizards and the Phoenix Suns. The Wizards were hoping to acquire Suns star Trevor Ariza, which would involve a multiple-team trade.
Wojnarowski reported that Ariza would have gone to the Wizards while Wizards players Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers would have gone to the Memphis Grizzlies. Meanwhile, Grizzlies players Wayne Selden Jr. and Dillon Brooks would then be traded to the Suns. The trade seemed easy enough but then Wojnarowski had some breaking news that concerned Brooks.
“Clarification: MarShon Brooks on his way to the Suns, not Dillon,” the ESPN reporter tweeted.
ESPN later reported that those involved in making the trade were confused over which Brooks - MarShon or Dillon - would be traded from the Grizzlies to the Suns. The Suns thought they were getting Dillon Brooks, but the Grizzlies did not want to trade him, killing the deal.
“The deal is dead, league source tells ESPN,” Wojnarowski tweeted.
Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said he was “floored to learn of the reports involving Dillon Brooks in the reported trade.”
“We never discussed Dillon as part of this trade with Washington – which was the only team we spoke with concerning this proposed deal,” he told ESPN on Friday.
However, it appeared on Saturday that the Suns and Wizards were able to come up with a deal. A source told the Associated Press that the Wizards acquired Ariza from the Suns for Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.