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Friday, December 10th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  44 responses

Gilbert Arenas: ‘I Know My Time Here is Over’

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

There was a time, not too long ago in fact, when Gilbert Arenas was the League’s most beloved personality. The media loved him for his outrageous quotes and irrepressible personality, and fans ate up the buckets and jerseys tossed into the crowd following each game.

That’s all changed now.

Arenas rarely breaks out his gregarious personality for public consumption these days, and plays a largely joyless game. Injuries have robbed him of some of his explosiveness, and last year’s gun incident forever sullied his image.

Arenas says he’s moved on with his life, and accepts his reduced role on the Wizards. According to Gil, though, he’s basically just waiting until the team moves him (and his massive contract).

Yahoo! reports:

Arenas began the season on the bench, but has started 11 of the past 13 games. He’s averaged 17.4 points, 5.1 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 33.5 minutes per game. “I’m a different player,” he said. “Then I was an assassin. Now I’m just a guy trying to play the game the right way.” Gilbert Arenas says he has no problem turning over the Wizards’ reins to rookie John Wall. “I know my time here is over,” Arenas says. Wizards officials have applauded Arenas’ work ethic and competitiveness as he adjusts to playing off the ball. “The intensity is there from his part, the motivation is there and it’s going to be a process as we go along,” Washington general manager Ernie Grunfeld said.

“When a young guy is coming in, the older guy never wants to move over,” Arenas said. “But I know my time here is over [as the face of the franchise]. I messed up my legacy here … In this league there is no such thing as long-term anymore,” Arenas said. “Players are getting shipped out and shipped out. I’m looking at the Kings like, when I first came [into the league], none of those players were here.”

“The Lakers team, the only person that was there was Kobe [Bryant], and Derek Fisher(notes) came back. There is a young team here [in Washington] and they’re trying to build some chemistry. I guess until they find the right deal that’s going to get me out of here, you know … I’m here.”

Well, that was thoroughly depressing.

Here’s to hoping the old Gil eventually resurfaces. Be that in D.C. or elsewhere.

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  • burnt_chicken

    he should go crap in Wall’s shoes. That’ll cheer him up!

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com/forum Kevin

    Sad to see, dude was one of my favorite players in the league. The trampoline dunk in 2007 at the All-Star game was funny

  • http://www.diimemag.com Royal

    what other team would Gilbert fit in with. I can only imagine him in a Wiz Jersey

  • Nashty

    A depressing read, but Gil has always been up and down. Sometimes he is sadistic, sometimes he’s happy, and sometimes he talks like he’s high and stupid. I wouldn’t mind seeing him in a contender though, he still has a lot to offer….

  • burnt_chicken

    Someone suggested the Magic, and I can’t imagine how they would do it, but he’d definitely be an upgrade over Wince.

  • tRay

    Damn man this ruined my day it was so depressing lol dude was and still is a beast IMO but he really should leave cuz there’s just no future for him there.

  • Young C

    They should trade Gil to the Hawks for Bibby and Jamal Crawford. Bibby could back up and mentor Wall and Crawford has an expiring contract. A healthy Gil might take ATL to another level. What does either side have to lose

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    gil, just stfu and play ball. you’re not going anywhere because your contract sucks.

  • Brahsef

    Use to be my favorite player in the league. He dropped 60 on the Lakeshow. Not many people ever have dropped 60. He had that ron artest personality before ron became beloved

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^Young C..
    that is one hell of an idea

  • http://google c_cantrell

    tho the hawks prolly wont give jamal up

  • Rainman

    @ young C:

    they already have Kirk Hinrich to bak up Wall dude.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^but bibby could mentor wall in ways that kirk couldnt

  • http://sdfklfds.com Jukai

    Trade him to Turkey for Allen Iverson.

  • Stillballin

    Gil your still good.. Just keep working hard..

  • Sejackson

    B.Walker for G.Arenas!

  • burnt_chicken

    Jukai for the win.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    damn. say it ain’t so gil. i really wanna see him come back to old form for some on the brink team and bring em back to life, like the pacers or somethin.

  • rich

    woah gil in indiana would b nuts

  • http://twitter.com/dma_pdx dma

    Equally bad contracts: Rashard Lewis, Brandon Roy, elton iguodala

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    It’s a huge contract, it’s hard to see any team wanting him that badly with his baggage. Maybe NY or NJ if they don’t land Carmello, CP3 or other superstar. The ATL idea mentioned above would work, Cleveland is looking for a star – maybe they take the plunge and grab Gil from the Wiz and Iggy from the 76ers. This would pretty much lock them in for the next 4 years without any flexibiltiy, but considering some of the young talent they currently have and a core of Gil, Iggy and Andy V, they would actually be a pretty good team. But back to my first point – that’s a huge contract for Gil.

  • http://twitter.com/abe_squad abe_squad

    As a Wiz fan, this is depressing to hear. Sounds more like he’s asking for a trade. Dude just seems embarrassed at this point. Trade scenarios, don’t think ATL would swap Crawford for Gil, and what in the world would the Wiz want from Cleveland. Given the trade market for him now, I’d honestly rather the Wiz hang on to him and hope he can become (gulp) a JR Smith/Crawford type off the bench. (Can’t believe that’s what he’s come to.) Oh, and Hinrich sucks. Thanks Chicago!

  • http://bulls.com airs

    i think gil to the cavs would be amazing. it gives him a chance to reinvent himself and that franchise, which i think he’s totally capable of doing. baggage or not, i think its possible for GMs to see that he’s doing much better and it that should be more about playing well and winning

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    @abe_squad: The Cavs have several draft picks in 2012 (which should be deeper than 2011), they have a trade exception, some combo of JJ Hickson and/or Mo Williams (as a legit back-up to Wall), would be appealing to the Wiz. Even a scenario that bring Jamison back to the Wiz who was well liked there, would work well with Wall and with his contract expiring after next season is a better option than holding onto Gil for the next 4. Bottom line, the Cavs do have assest that would be helpful/desirable for the Wiz.

  • CRUS-T jalepino included

    I’ve got a feeling he gonna B ballin with Ive soon.

  • hiphopcop

    Isn’t this an old story, didn’t he say something like this before? “I’m going to help the young rookie out, and be on my way” type of thing?

    We get it Gilbert, you want to be traded, the city and team wants you traded, you just make too much freakin money to move your silly butt, so you got to suck it up and keep playing.

  • kobesBESTfriend

    how about gil for b.diddy straight up?then gil can come back home where he belongs to a team that won’t strip him of his dignity and AI him by benching him and alienating 4 making a little mistake.Wall+Arenas would of been a killer backcourt but the Wiz f’d that up!!!Flip,Ernie,and Stern killed the Agent Zero character and gil’s spirit.Let him go back home and put on a fresh # zero clip jersey and revive the old gil we all know and love.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Gilbertology……. Gils blog…… Gazo the pranksta……..LONG LIVE AGENT ZERO………….the (all) black president…..

  • ClydeSays

    Depressing. But it’s hard for me to feel bad for him or the Wiz. They offered and he took an insane amount of money for a frequently injured scorer. He rushed back or the Wiz forced him backfrom injury more than once. Now, he’s got like EIGHTY (80!) mil left on his deal and it looks like Gil & the Wiz are stuck with each other. I can’t imagine anyone picking up his full contract. Maybe if he accepts a buyout. Can’t see it happening though with salaries shrinking and a possible lockout…

  • spit hot fiyah

    @kobesbestfriend Gil and clips don’t go well together

  • Young C

    Gil is not worth mo williams, hickson, and any number of 1st round picks. Cleveland is desperate, but not that desperate. Another trade that works is Gil to the sixers for Lou Williams, jason kapono, and songalia. Kapono and songalia are expiring and Lous contract is more manageable than Gils. Gil would give the Sixers the star/closer that they need to win some of close games that they’ve been losing

  • Hammer

    If he says that,then he gonna have 2 leave $ on the table. Cuz nobody n their right minds gonna take on that massive contract of his

  • ionmic

    Can we get some FREE GILBERT ARENAS TSHIRTS or what LOL

  • http://www.slamonline.com Clyde

    I’d wear that shirt lol.

  • http://slamonline.com Philly

    Gil, young for melo and JR???

  • ktokyo

    He’s definitely bi-polar.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    i actually think the clipper trade mentioned earlier would be a good idea.. gil could provide the clips with what they need most.. a decent point

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Rashard, Vince, 2011 First Rounder, and 2012 First Rounder for Gilbert, Blatche, Hinrich, and 2012 First Rounder.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Caboose, im sure jameer would be thrilled about gil and kirk joining.

  • orl.chris

    yeah bad trade imo. orlando doesnt need more players, we cant get our good players enough minutes as is. any trade orlando makes should be shipping out multiple pieces for 1-2 guys back.

  • A Mac

    Curry & Azubuike from Knicks for Gil works straight up.

  • slamfan4life

    Cheer up Gil! You still a G

  • ClydeSays

    DMA, I do think Rashard’s contract is as bad. Orlando was bidding against themselves, but at least RL had been relatively healthy before he signed that deal. I know the Wiz wanted to keep their franchise player in house, but NO TEAM was going to give Gil 112 mil with his injury history. Unless GA accepts a half price buyout, Washington is going to have to sign low cost role players to fill out their roster over the next few years. That might actually work if Wall continues to improve…

  • Greg

    He should turn back to the old Gil and start bringing uzi’s to the arena? I don’t think so.

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