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OKC Thunder: Trevor Ariza away from team indefinitely due to family matters

Veteran forward Trevor Ariza has not reported to Thunder training camp. Ariza will be away from the team indefinitely. 

"Ariza remains focused on the same family matters that kept him from attending the bubble with the Blazers," a Thunder spokesman told The Oklahoman on Sunday. "The Thunder was made aware he would not be available when they acquired him, and remain supportive of Ariza's indefinite absence given the circumstance." 

Ariza opted out of the season restart in Orlando to commit to a one-month visitation window with his son, ESPN reported in June. Ariza has been involved in a child custody case. 

The Thunder acquired the 35-year-old forward last month as part of a three-team trade with the Mavericks and Pistons. The Thunder sent forward James Johnson to the Mavericks, and received Justin Jackson from Dallas and Ariza from Detroit. 

Ariza was traded from Portland, to Houston, to Detroit to Oklahoma City all in one week this offseason. 

Ariza signed with the Kings last summer, and he was traded to the Trail Blazers in January. Ariza started 21 games for Portland, averaging 11 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. He shot 40% from 3-point range after the trade. 

Ariza has averaged 10.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in 16 NBA seasons. 

He's under contract for $12.8 million this season — the last year of his deal. 

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Feb 23, 2020; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward Trevor Ariza (8) passes the ball on Detroit Pistons guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (19) during the second half at Moda Center. The Blazers won 107-104. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 23, 2020; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward Trevor Ariza (8) passes the ball on Detroit Pistons guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (19) during the second half at Moda Center. The Blazers won 107-104. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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