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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.

Comments

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:25 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

Stephon Marbury...



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 8:52 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

"He won't hurt the team chemistry at all.  The moment he acts up Kobe will cut him.  I like the potential of getting another scorer to help Kobe with the burden, but the Lakers still need another big, or at least semi-big.  Someone, oh I don't know, maybe just a little tougher that Pau."
Yeah because Kobe is just the picture boy for chemistry LOL!!!



Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 8:09 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

He won't hurt the team chemistry at all.  The moment he acts up Kobe will cut him.  I like the potential of getting another scorer to help Kobe with the burden, but the Lakers still need another big, or at least semi-big.  Someone, oh I don't know, maybe just a little tougher that Pau.



Since: Jul 4, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:57 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

So why haven't they signed him yet? I know he wants a job. Sign him to a 10 day contract, let him practice with the team, and play a few games in the D-league and see how he plays



Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:43 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

@mar725

Gilbert Arenas is no thug, but he did make some goofy decisions during his time with the Washington Wizards. I know the guy has a good heart and has done a lot of good things to help people out. It's not all his fault what happened in D.C. although his actions were part of the overall fall, but don't blame him entirely.

I think the Lakers are going to be a great fit for Arenas, but only time will tell.



Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:33 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

I agree that he'd come cheap and if he acts up you cut him and move on with nothing lost. If he comes ready to roll it will be a huge move that could payoff huge for them! I say make the move if you are convinced his head and heart are into it!



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:29 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

"arenas could be a championship move", hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

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Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:26 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

If Gilbert Arenas could get his head on straight and play basketball up to his potential he could still be a very effective NBA player and help any team in the league. The guy is only 30 years old and has lost a step, but he's stll able to play at a very high level. It's all up to Gilbert though and you never really know what he's going to do, I don't think he even knows what he's going to do until he does something.

He could help the Los Angeles Lakers if he comes in and accepts whatever role they have for him. Being that it's L.A. and that's his hometown I think it will motivate him and that would make the Lakers a very dangerous team in the Western Conference Playoffs.



Since: Jul 4, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:11 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

I'm all for it. The Lakers need a PG and depth. He brings both to the table. Get him cheap and it's win-win.

If he acts up, which I doubt he would, they could let him go. 



Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:05 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

this just makes sense. Kobe will put him in his place. you don't see Artest... sorry, World Peace acting up anymore do you? could easily be the championship move.


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