In fact, it is possible that the Grizzlies and the Suns never even spoke directly about a trade and it was just communicated through the Wizards.
The Wizards entered into a three-way deal that will send Ariza to Washington, Kelly Oubre to the Memphis Grizzlies and then Austin Rivers to the Suns. Memphis would have also shipped a 2020 second-round pick and a 2019 conditional second-round pick via the Celtics to Washington.
And once the Grizzlies pulled out, it didn't take very long for the entire thing to get nixed all together. As the ESPN reporter says, the Grizzlies are unwilling to give up Canadian guard Dillon Brooks, who is now recovering from an MCL sprain and isn't slated for a return until the end of December.More news: Laurent Koscielny to make Arsenal return in Europa League against Qarabag
Dillon Brooks is averaging 6.8 points and 2.1 rebounds over two seasons with the Grizzlies.
Ariza and his agent, Aaron Mintz of CAA, had hoped that the Los Angeles Lakers could complete a deal with the Suns, but that became more hard to navigate in recent days, league sources said. After re-upping with the Lakers on a one-year deal worth $12 million, Caldwell-Pope has gone from the team's starting shooting guard to a reserve.
The nixed deal puts Ariza back in limbo.
December 15th is the first day that players who signed a new contract this offseason are allowed to be traded, and there are plenty of notable names involved in that group of players.
Information from ESPN's Bobby Marks was used in this report.