Trevor Ariza was asked whether he wanted to return to the Washington Wizards as a free agent in the offseason.

“I don’t know. It would be nice to come back here, but again, who knows what’s going to happen,” said Ariza, denying a rumor that he desires a return to the Western Conference to be closer to family. “That’s not . . . I don’t have to. Wherever I’m wanted. Whoever wants me on their team, I guess.”

Ariza was nearly dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers for Caron Butler in 2013, but Donald Sterling nixed the deal because he did not want to disrupt chemistry.