For the last 10 years or so, except for one year under Rudy Tomjanovich, the Lakers have used the triangle offense. But now that Mike Brown has taken over the head coaching duties the Lakers have been slowly weened off of the triangle. Now anyone that knows the triangle offense knows that it is not necessary to have a true point guard to run the offense, for example you wouldn’t need a Russell Westbrook, or Deron Williams, but it would sure help. The offense was perfect for the Lakers as they had Derek Fisher who plays the point guard position but is not a true point guard and does not score much.
So this season, since the Lakers have implemented a new offense, the lack of a true point guard has really shown. The Lakers are currently 20th in the NBA in points per game and have one of the worst benches in the NBA, especially since the injury to Steve Blake. As the Lakers continue to struggle offensively it would seem that now is the time to go after someone who could give them some sort of boost off the bench. That is exactly why the Lakers have expressed interest in signing free-agent point guard Gilbert Arenas.
Arenas, who is now 30 years old, is an unrestricted free agent after the Orlando Magic decided to amnesty him in the shortened off-season. Although, according to sources, no signing is close, the Lakers have talked to Arenas and his agent expressing their interest in him. League sources, and sources close to Arenas, have said that Arenas would love to join the Lakers. Arenas grew up in Los Angeles and would love to play for his hometown team. Arenas also believes that he would be a good asset for the Lakers backcourt if he were to be signed.
Now although Arenas may be old and has a history of off the court issues the one bright spot in all of this could be the fact that last season Arenas did not cause any off-season problems and was quiet for the entire season, off the court. Arenas could in fact provide some offense for the Lakers bench and at this point in time it really can’t get any worse for them offensively.
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