The last that we saw of Gilbert Arenas in the NBA, he was floundering on the Memphis Grizzlies in the lockout-shortened 2011-2012 season, a shell of the All-Star point guard that he once was. After not seeing him play last season, many people understandably assumed his days in the league might be over. However, that might not be the case.
The fortunes of Arenas seem to be on the verge of changing. According to a report from Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld, a source has said that the Los Angeles Clippers have expressed interest in the veteran guard. Kennedy also added that the Clips could potentially pass along an invitation to training camp to Arenas.
Arenas spent last season briefly playing in China and not playing in the NBA at all. While with the Grizzlies, he played in only 17 games and averaged just 12.4 minutes per game, a far cry from his prime with the Wizards when he was averaging nearly 40 minutes per game and putting up almost 30 points per night.
There are several reasons that one can point to when it comes to the demise of Arenas. Some people could point to injuries, others to his behavioral issues, and some to his lack of professional character. The true answer probably lies in a combination of these things, but any answer points to the fact that there is a risk in having Arenas on your roster at this point in his career.
In all honesty, there’s no harm in the Clippers bringing him in for training camp, but for him to make the final roster would be a mistake on the part of the organization. Even if they had a need for Arenas, which they really don’t, he’s not worth the risk and the distraction to this team with high expectations. That may be somewhat harsh, but it’s something that Arenas, for the most part, would have brought on himself.
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