Tag:Gilbert Arenas
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:19 am
Edited on: February 3, 2012 9:19 am
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Nick Young says Arenas had 'Kobe treatment'

A former teammate of Arenas says he received the same treatment Kobe Bryant had on his knees. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore

Gilbert Arenas has not been productive on the floor in a good, long time. Knee injuries robbed him of his explosiveness, but also of his ability to create space for his jumper and lateral quickness. He had a handful of moments for Orlando but in the end gave the Magic very little in terms of a pace-changer guard. He's been on the shelf since being amnestied and recent reports linked an interest in the Lakers to sign him. But what are they getting, physically, at this point, if they do acquire Arenas?

Turns out he could be feeling much better.

Arenas is known to be very close with Nick Young, who he mentored in Washington during the end of his time with the Wizards. Wizards blog TruthAboutIt.Net  asked Young how Arenas was doing, and Young said Arenas has done some things to fix his knee.... alongside the Kobe way. 
You said you talk to Gilbert just about every day. How is he doing? Is he just down in Orlando working out?

“Yea, he’s been working out. He said he got the — I don’t know if I’m supposed to say this — but he got that Kobe treatment on his knees…”

“Yea, yea… you could say it’s the Kobe System, but he said it feels great, his knees feel great, and he’s been working out. When I seen him last time, he looked like he was in shape. He lost a lot of weight.”
via Truth About It » Gilbert Arenas To The Lakers? What Nick Young Thinks.

If it's true that Arenas did get the same procedure and the results are similar, Arenas could have a Tracy-McGrady-like resurgence for L.A. or whoever winds up signing him. But there's a lot more that would need to fall in place. His conditioning has to be the biggest issue. Losing weight is great but game condition goes beyond that and into endurance and pacing. 

Most importantly, Arenas needs to find his jumper. Having lift off the knees will help, but Arenas is a jump shooter who's shot largely abandoned him. He's got to rediscover that in order to be a productive player again.
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:47 pm
 

Bynum says changes could come after road trip

Andrew Bynum says changes could come for the Lakers after the Grammy's trip. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore

The Lakers are not their usual dominant selves. They're good, improving to 13-9 after a thumping of the Bobcats Tuesday night. But there is a prevailing sense that after losing Lamar Odom and some changes in roster through free agency as well as the new coaching regime, they are not the usual favorites. There was, of course, the Chris Paul trade which fell through, and rumors relating to Dwight Howard persist.

But there have been no changes. Yet.

ESPN spoke with Andrew Bynum, who says that depending on how the Grammy's trip goes, the Lakers may not be the same team when they get back from the six-gmae trip as they are when they get on the plane. From ESPN:
"If we do well on this, then we'll be the team we need to be," Andrew Bynum said. "If we don't, then they might start looking around."

Lakers coach Mike Brown confirmed reports that the team has been in touch with Gilbert Arenas, whose sole duties of late have been cashing the checks Orlando keeps sending his way after using the amnesty provision on the remainder of his contract. Arenas believes the Lakers want to see what type of shape he is in before making a commitment, according to a source.
via Daily Dime - ESPN.

The Lakers need to make a move. Kobe Bryant only has so many years left, even with his scoring output and spring in his knees. Pau Gasol's on the slide. They need to make one more run and set themselves up for the future. Bryant is owed $30 millions by the end of his contract, which means either the Lakers will be surrounding him with very little support, or a trade or amnesty will be in order to avoid death by luxury tax. Not even the Lakers can afford that kind of bill. The time is now. If they can't pull this team into a position to look like the unbeatable team it's seemed in the past four seasons (despite the epic meltdown in the second round last year vs. eventual champion Dallas), they need to face the reality and make a move. They'll always have leverage as the most popular place to play. They need to exert it. 

Arenas has been talked about for a week now. He's not going to come in and be the difference maker, though. He can produce, and have some scoring nights. Certainly having a limited role will help. But his body simply can't give what the Habachi used to cook up.

That said, the Lakers' trip only includes one legitimate contender in Denver, with the Celtics' slide and Philadelphia still largely untested. There's a good chance they rack up the wins, puff up the record, and settle in for the long wait till the trade deadline. Then, no matter how well the team is doing, the Dwight Howard scenario will be in full effect, and the drama will only get louder in Hollywood. 

(HT: SLAMOnline.com)
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:57 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2012 7:04 pm
 

Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas

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.

Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:01 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2011 12:25 am
 

Magic sign Jason Richardson to 4-year, $25M deal

Posted by Royce Young

The Magic got their man! Well, not that man. Not Superman.

It's just Jason Richardson actually who inked a four-year, $25 million deal according to Yahoo! Sports. One of the top guards in this free agent class for sure, but not exactly the primary target or someone that will necessarily encourage Dwight Howard to stick around.

Magic general manager talked to the media Saturday evening and said the team was close to a deal with Richardson and would have one done by Monday. He was asked if Richardson were just trade bait or for the long-term and Smith said he intended to keep Richardson. Smith also said the re-signing of Richardson would not have been possible without the amnesty on Gilbert Arenas.

The Magic are in such an interesting place right now with their roster. Just because Dwight Howard might be out doesn't mean it's time to blow everything apart and start anew. Orlando will be receiving a nice package in exchange for Howard that could include someone like Brook Lopez and/or Nene. So there needs to be quality pieces in place for when the roster is rebuilt.

He's only 30 and still has a number of good years ahead of him. He gives the Magic a lot of depth at shooting guard with J.J. Redick and keeps the team with a bevy of outside shooting threats, which is something coach Stan Van Gundy likes. Especially if Dwight Howard is his center. And while he might not be in a week or so, there's a good chance Van Gundy will have a new talented big man in his place, so having those marksmen flanking the wings isn't a bad thing.

Richardson averaged 15.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game with a 15.02 PER playing in both Phoenix in Orlando last season. With the Suns in 25 games he put up 19.3 ppg but with the Magic in 55, he only averaged 13.9. Four years at a little more than $5 million per year is a pretty good bargain for a player like Richardson. Considering what a lot of other guys in the same neighborhood as him are going for, I'd say the Magic did pretty well. But that's not the whole story. Because the Magic are in flux right now, or at least should be.

Richardson faded mightily last season and will greatly damage the Magic's chances of getting under the cap in the near future. Which seems like the logical plan post-Dwight. Cut salary, open up some flexibility and rebuild. Instead, it seems like Otis Smith is trying to prep to continue on with a mediocre roster that may include Nene or Brook Lopez in the near future.

Curious.

Related: Consider this curious quote from Richardson though that he had over the summer:

"I want to go to a great place for my family," Richardson told the Saginaw News. "I've been blessed by God to play in the NBA for a lot of money. I'd like to go someplace that has a chance to win a championship ... I probably have five or six seasons left in the NBA, so I want to go somewhere I can stay."

Are the Magic a team he can win a title with? Or I should say, will they be that type of team in a week or two? Nope. But at this point, no way is he turning down what the Magic offered. Forget titles and contending. Money talks.

Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:14 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 3:29 pm
 

Magic waive Gilbert Arenas via amnesty clause

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.
Posted on: December 4, 2011 5:01 pm
 

Howard's agent hasn't spoken with the Magic yet?

Posted by Royce Young

First step to keeping Dwight Howard in Orlando: Getting Magic general manager Otis Smith on the phone with Howard's agent Dan Fegan. Because that evidently hasn't happened yet.

According to the Orlando Sentinel
, Fegan has not yet spoken with Smith about Howard's situation.
Smith and Fegan could speak with each other this weekend. And even if they don't, there might not be any immediate reason for concern from the Magic's perspective. Howard and Smith will have the chance to speak Dec. 9, the day training camps are scheduled to open across the league.
Yeah, could be nothing, but still, you'd think there would've been at least contact. Then again, there's probably not much to talk about. Howard's not signing an extension in Orlando so really, what's there for Smith and Fegan to discuss.

Of note: Fegan also represents Jason Richardson and is advising Gilbert Arenas, so that means he hasn't talked to the Magic about those guys yet either.

Smith's big decision with Howard isn't really about the extension though, because that's not happening. It's more about feeling out Howard about whether or not it's worth the risk of not trading him. Arenas is a likely amnesty candidate and Richardson is an unrestricted free agent that the Magic are probably fine with watching walk to another team.

Teams and agents were allowed to start talking last Wednesday and can start talking directly on Monday. Maybe that's what Smith is waiting for. Or maybe, he just doesn't have anything to say.
Posted on: October 13, 2011 2:41 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2011 2:41 pm
 

What players are losing the most in a lockout?

Posted by Royce Young

The whole strategy for owners in cancelling games is to make players miss paychecks. Maybe them miss out on collecting their large lump sums of money and ideally, you force them into taking a less than attractive deal.

That's the plan, at least.

The question is, how much will players be losing exactly by missing paychecks? We already know it's something like $80 million collectively per week, but who's taking the hit in their wallet the most? The Post Game did some crunching and here are your top 10 losers in this lockout.

10. Joe Johnson: $1,387,582.54 per paycheck
9. Amar'e Stoudemire: $1,401,361.92 per paycheck
8. Carmelo Anthony: $1,423,076.92 per paycheck
7. Pau Gasol: $1,439,550 per paycheck
6. Dirk Nowitzki: $1,468,682.54 per paycheck
5. Gilbert Arenas: $1,482,254.46 per paycheck
4. Kevin Garnett: $1,630,769.23 per paycheck
3. Tim Duncan $1,638,461.54 per paycheck
2. Rashard Lewis: $1,704,000 per paycheck
1. Kobe Bryant: $1,941,846.15 per paycheck

How did they arrive at those numbers. Here's the explanation:
Methodology: During the 1998-99 lockout, players lost pay based upon games missed. So, if a player missed one game due to the lockout, it would have cost him 1/82nd of his salary. However, since all players have slightly different schedules, we calculated pay on a paycheck basis.

Players are only paid during the regular season and receive checks bi-weekly for work that occurs the previous two weeks. The 2011-12 NBA season was supposed to have started on Nov. 1 and end on April 18. During the course of the season, that can be divided into 13 bi-weekly paychecks. The numbers were calculated by equally dividing each player's 2011-12 salary 13 times to find what they earn every two weeks during the season.

It shouldn't surprise you that Kobe is losing the most per paycheck in a lockout as he's the highest paid player in the league And the crazy thing about Kobe losing nearly $2 million per paycheck missed during the lockout is that he can recover that by playing one little exhibition game in Italy.

But it's always strange to see Rashard Lewis' name atop any of these type of lists. Yeah, I know he signed a massively ridiculous six-year $118 million deal a few years ago, but the fact he's second on this list blows the mind.

I know it's not big news to know that NBA players are going to lose a lot of money by missing paychecks, but it kind of stunned me just how much when broken down like this. I mean, think about two months missed for someone like Dirk. That's a whole lot of cash. Everyone says the players that will end up folding are the mid-level guys that make substantially less. I'm sure they will. But if I'm Tim Duncan or Kevin Garnett, I'm not exactly excited about losing $1.5 million or so every couple weeks.
Posted on: August 30, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Arenas: Crittenton became 'more gangsta'

Posted by Royce Young

Following the infamous gun incident in the Wizards locker room in 2009, both Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton swore to a reformed life. Crittenton even said this:

"Use wisdom in everything and just don’t get caught up in foolishness and nonsense and crazy people around you ... It was a bad decision on both ends and we’re trying to move forward with our careers and our lives.”

It's a good stance and a good way to turn things around after that ugly mess in Washington. But via the Washington Post's Mike Wise who was recalling a past conversation between him and Arenas, the former D.C. point guard actually had heard that Crittenton wasn't living by his words.

Asked whether he had spoken to Javaris Crittenton since they were both suspended for the remainder of the 2009-2010 NBA season and Arenas had spent 30 days in a halfway house, Arenas replied, “No, but I heard he became more hard.”

More hard, he explained, meant “more gangsta.”

“You know, like some people turn over a new leaf when something bad like that changes their life. I heard Javaris went the other way — he became more ’hood, more hardened in that way. I don’t know if that’s the case, but that’s what I heard.”

By his words, Crittenton was turning over a new leaf. He tried out for the Bobcats, went to the D-League and by all appearances was trying to switch things around. But the latest incident Crittenton is tangled up in suggets otherwise.

Now of course Crittenton isn't guilty of murder until it's proven so. He just was arrested in Los Angeles and his lawyer claims his client is innocent and will have his name cleared. I certainly hope so.

Keep in mind Arenas' comments aren't something he saw or witnessed. He just said he "heard" Crittenton was going the other way. I'm sure Arenas has people that know people so it's probably fairly accurate, especially considering recent events, but it's not like this is something that can be used in court against Crittenton.

Still, an interesting take on the situation and something that kind of helps to make sense of it.

Via PBT
 
 
 
 
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