Hibachi no more
The Orlando Magic have used the amnesty clause to cut Gilbert Arenas. Can’t blame them as he was owed 62 million for the next three years. His 8 points and 5 assists last season isn’t near enough for that type of bread.
For Gilbert the good and the bad has been well documented. From ’04 to ’07, Arenas was a scoring machine for the Wizards. 25, 29, and 28 points per game. The 6’4″ scoring point guard was dangerous from downtown, could get to the rack, hit a mid-range, and could hardly be stopped 1-on-1. 3-time NBA all-star and won the NBA’s most improved player award. Scored 60 against the Lakers in the Staples Center in ’06 breaking the Wizards franchise records for most point in a game.
The bad started when he signed a 111 million-dollar deal in 2008. Only played 13 games during that season because of injuries. Didn’t even get on the court until late March. The next season is when he had unloaded guns in his locker at the Verizon Center and caught a felony for it and was suspended for the whole season. Sentenced to 30 days in a half way house and two years of probation.
Gilbert tried to make a comeback for the Wizards last season and was playing decent at 17 ppg but was traded to Orlando anyways. It says something about Arenas when the Wizards are willing to take on the 120 million dollar contract of Rashard Lewis instead of keep him. It’s really a sad thing what happened to Agent Zero but it’s his own fault.
The good thing for him is that he is still going to get paid all that money that he is owed. The only thing the amnesty clause does is relieve the Magic from having to pay it. Surely a team like the Miami Heat or the Lakers (without CP3) who need point guard help would take a chance on Arenas for cheap but he will never be the scoring machine that he was during those three prime years.