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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
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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.

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Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:55 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

Gilbert would fit in perfectly...with the Crips and the Bloods. Guy is a thug. He and his antics set the Wizards back 10 years. They still have not rid themselves of all of Arenas' acomplices. Yeah, he will fit right in on a Mike Brown coached team.



Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:50 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

I was wondering just how long it would take for a team to take the Arenas plunge.  When he was cut by the Orlando Magic I was curious as to why no team would take the chance on the guy after all he was released with basically no strings attached.  Outside of a minimum salary cap hit, teams wouldn't have much to lose. 

I know Gilbert made a completely absurd decision when he brought the gun into the locker room but he was punished.  We know that he was coming off a major knee injury, but that has been known to have happened to many a player.  He was basically banished to guard purgatory in Orlando, as there was too much depth to go around to get minutes.  So following the lack of minutes came lesser production as far as points go. 

I really don't know what the Lakers would lose by taking a chance on Gilbert.  There are D-Leaguers that have been called up who wil be making close to what the guy will make for a year.  It was a shortened season to begin with, but now we are a month into it.  He has had plenty of time to heal, which at his advanced age NBA-wise is a good thing. I would only be hesitant as Arenas isn't the traditional point guard. His assists might be a problem on any other team, but with the guys like Bynum, Gasol, and Bryant. he wouldn't be asked to shoulder the load. 

Add in the fact that Derek Fisher isn't exactly lighting up the stat sheet, and I don't see how you can go wrong.  Fisher is nearing the end of his career as well, yet I feel Gilbert would play well off of what Kobe initiates.  The two of them could facilitate distribution to the big men.  Arenas would also help with rebounding.  Just when I was getting used to the idea of the Lakers being average, they had to go and start making sense.  There was so much talk about two and three team trades, so I found it odd that no one on a team's front office like the Lakers hadn't given Arenas a call. 

Again it is no risk as others were saying.  I have no doubt that it wouldn't take Gilbert much to be content in L.A.  As a matter of fact I think this is a guy that Mike Brown could actually depend on having his back.  Gilbert has never been one to be a "locker room cancer" as some previous posters have alluded.  They have depth of knowledge of each other from their time playing in the Eastern Central.  Brown has much respect for the guy it would seem. 

Gilbert Arenas could do well in that offense as it stands now.  It doesn't seem too far a stretch as to what they ran in Washington.  Even if he didn't start, he would be good off the bench producing a spark.  Either way you can't go wrong and G.A. could be useful for this season. He might be irreplaceable if there were to be a playoff run down the line.  He has ben there and done that.  He is as hungry as anybody in the league for a ring.  Again though I would be more than happy if he didn't help Los Angeles, but for his sake I think it is a good fit for him.



Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:34 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

The Lakers would lose nothing in this transaction
Exactly.  It costs the Lakers nothing but a few bucks, which they can afford.  No current players are traded; no draft picks are given up; they don't even have to use their exemptions!!  If he is only partially effective, it will make the defense come out a little to play the perimeter and open things up for Gasol and Bynum.

I'm sure he's learned his lessons from a few years ago when he was with the Wizards.  Now he'd no longer be THE MAN and will have to toe the line behind Kobe and Gasol.  Look what Kobe & Co did for Artest.  Everyone thought Artest would be a cancer.  But Ron-Ron fell in line and has been a great citizen, even winning the J Walter Kennedy Award for citizenship (who would've guessed that one?)



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:26 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

arenas is talnted. he is just very immature.



Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:26 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

I was wondering what team if any would take the Arenas plunge.  Most people had pretty much dismissed him as playing this year.  I couldn't exactly figure out why after the Magic cut him no one stepped up to take a gamble.  Just when I was getting used to the idea of the Lakers being average, they go out and actually make sense.  All this time there was talk about two and three team trades when there was a guy sitting at home that is a definite upgrade at point guard for LA.

 It would take very little to make Gilbert Arenas happy in L.A. Unfortunately he is going there at the end of his career, but he would bring added attention to the Lakers.  I really don't see what all the negativity is towards this guy.  He made a ridiculously poor decision and was punished for it.  He was caught up in guard central in Orlando, thus contributing to his limited minutes and production.  He had an unfortunate knee injury, but that happens to a great many players.

The Lakers would lose nothing in this transaction.  There are D-League players that were called up making probably almost as much as Arenas would make for the rest of this season.  We are obviously talking about a shortened season to begin with; now we are talking a month into the season.  If nothing else he would spell Fisher, but I tink he could flat out beat Derek. The only thing that would make me hesitant is he is not the traditional point guard.  He isn't a big assist guy the last few years, but again neither is Fisher.  I think Arenas would play well off of what Kobe creates. He definitely would be a mis-match with Bynum and Gasol drawing defensive focus.  Throw in Kobe and who is defending this team once he gels with the system?



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:11 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

I agree, WTF are they thinking,what in the hell is he suppose to bring to the team? I hope not another gun.



Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:09 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

I was wondering what team if any would take the Arenas plunge.  Most people had pretty much dismissed him as playing this year.  I couldn't exactly figure out why after the Magic cut him no one stepped up to take a gamble.  Just when I was getting used to the idea of the Lakers being average, they go out and actually make sense.  All this time there was talk about two and three team trades when there was a guy sitting at home that is a definite upgrade at point guard for LA.

 It would take very little to make Gilbert Arenas happy in L.A. Unfortunately he is going there at the end of his career, but he would bring added attention to the Lakers.  I really don't see what all the negativity is towards this guy.  He made a ridiculously poor decision and was punished for it.  He was caught up in guard central in Orlando, thus contributing to his limited minutes and production.  He had an unfortunate knee injury, but that happens to a great many players.

The Lakers would lose nothing in this transaction.  There are D-League players that were called up making probably almost as much as Arenas would make for the rest of this season.  We are obviously talking about a shortened season to begin with; now we are talking a month into the season.  If nothing else he would spell Fisher, but I tink he could flat out beat Derek. The only thing that would make me hesitant is he is not the traditional point guard.  He isn't a big assist guy the last few years, but again neither is Fisher.  I think Arenas would play well off of what Kobe creates. He definitely would be a mis-match with Bynum and Gasol drawing defensive focus.  Throw in Kobe and who is defending this team once he gels with the system?



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:07 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

LMAO gilbert arenas, o u lamers have become quite the desperate bunch, gilbert arenas LMAO...



Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 5:52 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

The Lakers need offense off the bench and someone who can make 3 pointers.  Why wouldn't Arenas be a good addition at the veteran minimum.  If he's a cancer, let him go with nothing lost for the gamble.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 5:29 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

Why would the #5 defensive team in the league be worried about upgrading their defense?


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