Gilbert Arenas To Los Angeles? Will He Fit? Questions, All Answered

Gilbert Arenas to the Lakers?

After rumors died down of free agent guard Gilbert Arenas going to the Los Angeles Lakers over the past couple weeks they sparked back up again today as over the weekend, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak held a private workout for the free agent guard.

After failing to gain a young point guard during the off-season, after a trade which was accepted to bring in former New Orleans Hornets guard and now Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, the Lakers are now going after Gilbert Arenas…well at least it seems that way.

Now many have been saying that the Lakers have needed a young point guard to come in as Derek Fisher who will turn 38 this year just isn’t cutting it as so far this season the Lakers have allowed 14 points a game to starting point guards.

That’s just starting point guards, which as we know some of those starters aren’t scorers and as we also know some of those starters split time. Like for instance, the Philadelphia 76ers where Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams both share the roll and when the Lakers played them the two combined for 37 of their teams 95 points and they were also the two leading scorers for the sixers.

Now the Lakers aren’t a bad a defensive team as they rank fourth in the NBA in points allowed at 90.9 points per game. But 14 points a game to just starting point guards? That’s a lot.

Though, despite the poor point guard play from the Lakers, they have been okay this season as they sit at 16-12. However the concern of a point guard acquisition is huge as even guard Kobe Bryant knows it, the one who some have been saying urged the workout of Gilbert Arenas.

“Sure,” responded Bryant during Tuesday’s practice in El Segundo when asked by ESPN if he was in favor of bringing in Arenas. “It certainly wouldn’t hurt, that’s for sure.”

It certainly wouldn’t hurt at all as out of the 12 losses that the Lakers have had they allowed opposing starting point guards to score 17 points a game and even more points a game when including backups.

The Lakers front office have been apt of making moves when Bryant has requested before, like when they acquired forward Pau Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies. So will Gilbert Arenas be a member of the purple and gold? Or will he remain in the free agency waiting for an opportunity to spark up again?

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Gilbert Arenas

Source: NY Times


Gilbert Arenas, a basketball player for the Washington Wizards, was charged with felony gun possession on Jan. 14, 2010. The charge carries a possible jail term of up to five years, but there were indications that a plea agreement was in the works.

He suspended indefinitely by the National Basketball Association on Jan. 6 in the wake of an investigation into his decision to bring several guns into the Wizards’ locker room in Washington, then later display them in what he called a misguided attempt at a joke.

Arenas reportedly stored four guns in his locker at his team’s home arena, the Verizon Center, and then, on Dec. 21, took several of them out in what he called a “misguided effort to play a joke on a teammate. Various news accounts identified that teammate as Javaris Crittenton and described a conflict that began on Dec. 19, when Arenas and Crittenton began arguing during a high-stakes card game aboard a flight from Phoenix to Washington.

Arenas never really stopped joking once accounts of the argument leaked out. Widely acknowledged and often hailed for his quirkiness, he kept turning to his Twitter account to offer irreverent commentary about the gun matter. The final straw for the league and its commissioner, David Stern, apparently came Jan. 5, when Arenas was photographed joking with his teammates by shooting them with his fingers pointed like guns.

Long considered one of the N.B.A.’s more intriguing personalities, Arenas wrote a popular blog on the N.B.A.’s official Web site. He was a three-time All-Star who averaged 22.8 points and 5.5 assists over parts of his first eight N.B.A. seasons, and at times was as dynamic as anyone on the court. But he played only a combined 15 games in the 2007-8 and 2008-9 because of recurring knee problems.