Former Orlando Magic Gilbert Arenas is attempting an NBA comeback, telling TMZ that he is training again. Arenas was amnestied by the Magic on December 9, 2011, and last played in the league for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2012. Because of the amnesty clause, the Magic are paying Arenas $22,346,536 this year not to play, making him the 3rd highest paid player in the league.
The Magic acquired Arenas in a trade with the Washington Wizards in exchange for Rashard Lewis, another overpaid, over the hill, future amnesty candidate. He played in 49 games for the team backing up to Jameer Nelson at point guard, scoring 8 ppg on dreadful 34.4% shooting. After blossoming from 2nd round pick to All-star with the Wizards, Arenas’ career unraveled after knee injuries in 2007. On December 24th, 2009 Arenas and teammate Javaris Crittenton revealed that they had brought guns into the Wizards’ locker room after a dispute over gambling debts.
An Arenas comeback would be welcome news for the Magic. Any NBA salary he earns this year or next offset some of the money Orlando still owes him. While any contract would likely be for the veterans minimum, any savings would be an unexpected bonus.
A Gilbert Arenas comeback appears unlikely at the moment. Last year, Arenas played for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association, where he played in 14 games, starting 8 of them. He averaged 20.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.0 apg in 27.3 minutes, but the Sharks failed to make the playoffs.
He would likely catch-on with a team looking for veteran point-guard depth and bench scoring. One team that fits that bill now is the Los Angeles Lakers, but there have been no reports of interest there.
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