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Magic waive Gilbert Arenas via amnesty clause

Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:14 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 3:29 pm
Posted by Ben Gollivergilbert-arenas

The most obvious cut has now been made.

The Orlando Magic announced on Friday that the team is waiving guard Gilbert Arenas using the amnesty clause that is provided under the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement.
The Orlando Magic have waived guard Gilbert Arenas and designated him as the team’s amnesty player, President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Otis Smith announced today.

Arenas (6’4”, 215, 1/6/82) played in 70 games with both Washington and Orlando last season, averaging 10.8 ppg., 3.9 apg., 2.7 rpg. and 1.06 stlpg. in 25.7 minpg. He was acquired by the Magic on December 28, 2010 from Washington in exchange for Rashard Lewis. In 49 games with Orlando, Arenas averaged 8.0 ppg., 3.2 apg. and 2.4 rpg. in 21.8 minpg.

Arenas has appeared in 535 career NBA regular season games with Golden State, Washington and Orlando, averaging 21.2 ppg., 5.4 apg., 4.0 rpg. and 1.63 stlpg. in 35.8 min pg.
Arenas was owed more than $62 million through 2013-2014. The Magic will now be able to remove his $19 million contract off of their salary cap number and luxury tax bill this season.

Arenas has played in just 117 combined over the last four NBA seasons due to chronic knee injuries and a lengthy suspension for bringing firearms into the Washington Wizards locker room. Magic GM Otis Smith had hoped a change of scenery might do Arenas some good, dealing Rashard Lewis for Arenas last season, but Arenas' effectiveness was limited.

While Arenas represented the NBA's worst contract, it's possible that someone places a low-bill bid for his services in the blind amnesty waiver process. It's also possible his many off-court red flags and controversial statements (including inappropriate Twitter posts) could lead teams to steer clear. Arenas, 29, will eventually catch on with someone, somewhere, but it remains an open question how many bridges he has left unburned.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:00 pm

Magic waive Gilbert Arenas via amnesty clause

For a team that's been so lucky in the draft (3 number 1 picks for franchise players Shaq, Weber -> Hardaway, Howard), an ability to attrack to free agents over the years (Hill, Mcgrady, Lewis, Horace Grant, etc) this team really should be a lot better. I really think the problem comes down to ownership.

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:55 pm

Magic waive Gilbert Arenas via amnesty clause

Jeff, as a Bulls fan, you don't want Arenas. He's injured, used up and a negative with other players and the fan base. The Wizards were excsatic when the Magic took him off their hands, and now the Magic get a break with the new amnesty clause.

Since: Jun 11, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:33 pm

Magic waive Gilbert Arenas via amnesty clause

The title to this article should be, the Magic blow it again!  The rule that was passed by the NBA called "the amnesty clause" should also be renamed to "Grant Hill millstone around our neck" rule.  After being straddled with the extravagant contract given to Hill, the Magic wandered through the desert for seven years enduring the era of the 93 million dollar broken ankle.  They burnt out their star at the time, Tracy McGrady, having to do it all surrounded by inferior talent because they were cash strapped.  Well I guess since Otis Smith handed out a max contract (six years, 118 mil) to a 6-10 beanpole named Rasheed Lewis who couldn't rebound and lost his shooting touch, he would "fix" that by trading for a shooting guard with bad knees and who spends his off-time making blue remarks about his porn fetishes via twitter.  Let's not forget the amazing trade for Vince Carter, another botched attempt to patch the team up for a playoff run.  The point is, we Magic fans have seen this act before, O'neal left for LA and I can't blame Howard for wanting to bolt.  The Cavs are the blueprint for how to do it wrong, keep adding other teams cast-offs with horrible contracts to try and placate your star, morgaging the future and all the moving parts never gelling, eventually blowing up in your face when the main cog of your team splits.  The Bulls built their team through the draft, getting Horace Grant and Scottie Pippen to help Jordan not adding some over-priced free agent and destroying your flexibility cap-wise.  Too bad Otis will be joining Vander Weide in the unemployment line with yet another crappy, over-priced free agent move trading Brandon Bass for Big Baby, two similar tweener players but the Magic as usual overpaying two million a year.  You burnt out your stars with these garbage moves and as a fan I too am burnt out, I'm testing the free agent fan waters looking for a better deal.

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:22 pm

Magic waive Gilbert Arenas via amnesty clause

Sounds like he might head to the Cletics...

Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:10 pm

Magic waive Gilbert Arenas via amnesty clause

Would the Bulls be able to get him for the MLE?

It would be a high risk/reward proposition given the reportedly good current locker room chemistry and Arenas' past issues...but the guy's only 29 and clearly can still play if he's motivated.  What's the price tag, and Is Thibs a motivator?  

Seems like his game is a perfect fit--combo guard with big offensive upside.  Will he make any effort on D?

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:04 pm

Magic waive Gilbert Arenas via amnesty clause

Goodbye Gilbert, another poor move by a team that consistantly makes horrible decisions.  One bad contract down, and at least one to go.  Now if the Magic can somehow flush Hedu and his inflated contract, maybe, but maybe, Orlando can actually make a move or two.  Alas it may be too late to put decent players around Howard to convince him to stay so the Magic must move Dwight while they can and get something in return.  The Magic cannot afford to let another superstar walk without compensation

The Nets offer is a start but not near enough nor would a trade with the Lakers just to receive only Bynum and picks be sufficient.  A better scenario would be to trade Howard and Hedu to the Bulls for Deng, Noah, the pick from Charlotte (only if it is a lottery) and a couple of their own future 1st rounders.  I realize it is within the conference but for once Orlando must use what leverage they have to maximize their return.  

Shedding Arenas' contract is a start.  But for the fans sake do not stop there.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:00 pm

Magic waive Gilbert Arenas via amnesty clause

The type of knee injury he suffered takes about 1 1/2 years to heal (see KG in Boston). He makes sense for a lot of teams as a scorer off the bench. This was dumb move by the Magic. Hedo and Rashard Lewis need each other to be effective, they only score effectively when the other team has a hard time matching up with two 6-10 small forwards. When they go Turkolu back they shouldn't have traded Lewis.

It's amazing how many bad GMs there are in the NBA. Very few seem to understand how to evaluate how players play together, it's like they only say "hey this guy is a 17 pt scorer" and don't seem to understand that "how" he gets his points is important. Is the outside shooter a jump shooter, set shooter, guy who runs off screens? Does the post player have a back to the basket move, or does he need picks? 

One last rant the Magic ran the pick roll for years why didn't they copy Utah's schemes? I mean their offense was about advance as a highschool teams. Utah ran confusing sets with guards setting screens, double down screens, etc. Maybe Williams in NJ will show Howard how to really run the pick and rool. 

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:47 pm

Magic waive Gilbert Arenas via amnesty clause

The Arenas contract shows how flawed the NBA is. Who ever offered him this much money? How can a system sustain this kind of waste? Get rid of a guy yet pay him $62 million. Sounds like a ponzi scheme.

Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:44 pm

Magic waive Gilbert Arenas via amnesty clause

................and is a pretty good shooter from 3PT range.

He'd better be a good shooter (or at least competent) if he's gonna be packing heat into the locker room.

Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:25 pm

Magic waive Gilbert Arenas via amnesty clause

The Lakers would be smart to scoop this guy up if they cfan , Hey even if he give you 15-20 mins a night he will come real cheap.
He still can get you 10-15 pts a game and is a pretty good shooter from 3PT range.

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