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Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:57 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2012 7:04 pm
Could Arenas be headed for Los Angeles to join Kobe? (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

Here's how you know you might need point guard help: You're calling Gilbert Arenas up.

According to HoopsWorld, the Los Angeles Lakers are interested in the veteran point guard, who was cut via the amnesty clause by the Magic before the season started.
The Los Angeles Lakers have expressed interest in Gilbert Arenas, according to sources close to the situation. The 30-year-old is an unrestricted free agent after being amnestied by the Orlando Magic last month. No signing is imminent, but the Lakers have reached out to the veteran point guard.

League sources say that Arenas would love to join the Lakers. He grew up in Los Angeles and is interested in playing for his hometown team. He believes that he can contribute in Los Angeles’ backcourt, which currently features an aging Derek Fisher, injured Steve Blake and inexperienced Darius Morris. Arenas and Blake played together for two years with the Washington Wizards.

By all accounts, Arenas is in shape and ready to sign on with a team. And the Lakers make a decent amount of sense. Arenas wants to play on a good team and the Lakers desperately need some help at that position. As well as scoring options. Arenas could potentially help with both.

Arenas played relatively well in Orlando averaging better than 17 points a game in games he started, but he never did settle into a backup role well. And that could be the challenge for him in Los Angeles. Derek Fisher will likely remain the starter and Arenas would have to push to beat out Steve Blake (when he's healthy) and rookie Darius Morris.

It's just a matter of need and if the Lakers need offensive help, specifically at point guard, that badly, then Arenas is one of the best answers on the market. He'd likely sign for the veteran minimum, so he'd be a low risk deal. And if he could find a little of his old self, it could be a great signing. You want to avoid distraction or an upset in chemistry and with Arenas being an older veteran, I think he'd handle his business well. Especially since he doesn't have a lot of options right now.


Since: Jul 15, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:41 pm

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

I don't how committed the Lakers are for playing Derek Fisher- he can still play, but NOT with so many minutes,
thereby depriving other point guards to contribute!  Derek maybe a heady player- NOT now!  You won't even see
him positioned for rebounds, he's afraid to mix it up because he knows once he gets hurt, he will sit, and his long stint
as a starter will be in jeopardy!  His days are over- he played long enough, and he should initiate or volunteer to
give up his starting position, and if I am Arenas, I would insist to start before signing!  The Lakers will keep on
losing if Fisher is starting or playing lots of minutes! 

Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:12 pm

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

Where is my Laker team and who are these grandfathers wearing their jerseys?

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 11:35 am

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

Here's a great idea........let's get older AND slower.........brilliant! Who's runnin' this circus?

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:36 am

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

Gilbert Arenas... wow, the Lakers have fallen on hard times.  If this guy is the answer to help right the ship, then the Lakers are in HUGE trouble.  Also, trading for Dwight Howard (giving up Bynum and/or Gasol if that rumor is accurate) will not help.  They would lose 2 contributors to get 1 star player.  The Lakers problem at present is having 3 guys who can score, and nothing more.  Kobe, Gasol and Bynum can't get it done.  Kobe and Dwight Howard alone??  Worse. They need to add players, not subtract.  Just don't see Arenas as helpful.  The locker room would be well- armed however. 

Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:17 am

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Well we all know Arenas doesn't need any money, so i'm sure the contract would be dirt cheap if this does happen.

...but if LA is that desparate for a PG, they need to put Bynum on the block and get someone who can actually play in return.    

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:58 am

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

they'll have to convert the coat check to a gun check. 

Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:25 am

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

Okay, okay, you can play! Just make sure you leave your gun in the locker room!

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:00 am

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

desperation at its finest, lmao...

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:33 pm

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

This would have been a better move if the Lakers still ran the triangle as he is more of a score 1st pg than a guy who sets people up. Even though he'll never be what he was 3 years ago, it takes a 16-18 months to heal from the surgery he had. I think he'll be far better than most people thing. He only has to be the 5th option at best, and every so often he may explode.

Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:34 pm

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

Yeah because Kobe is just the picture boy for chemistry LOL!!!
Kobe has been able to get the right team chemistry 5 times in the last 11 years.  Only a few guys can make the same claim.  Derek Fisher being one of them, and he's also on the same team.  No other team can boast 2 current players who've been able to generate the team chemistry to win 5 championships. If any veteran team can handle a "problem" player coming on board, it's the Lakers.

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