Monday, October 10th, 2011 at 9:25 am  |  39 responses

NBA Team Owners Proposing ‘Gilbert Arenas Clause’?

We’ve heard talk of a so-called Carmelo Anthony Rule, and now, we hear that team owners would like a Gilbert Arenas clause for bad contracts in the new CBA. From the NY Daily News: “Coming off a career-worst season in which he averaged only eight points in 22 minutes per game, and looked as if he was on his last legs, the one-time All-Star guard still has three years at $62.4 million remaining on his deal. So it was not surprising that when an amnesty clause was discussed between owners and players – a salary-cap lifeline for teams looking to shed a terrible contract – Arenas was viewed as the poster child for such a provision. Although he still doesn’t turn 30 until this coming January, who would want to pay him in excess of $19 million this coming season, almost $21 million next season and $22 million for 2013-14? Probably not his own team, for starters. In these negotiations, which have broken down indefinitely over the money split, Arenas has taken the place of Allan Houston, whose name was linked to a similar clause in the previous collective bargaining agreement. Once suspended 50 games for his illegal and reckless use of guns with Javaris Crittenton, Arenas has replaced Houston as the face of bad contracts.”

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  • Thom

    They should add Richard Jefferson to the clause as well.

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  • the truth

    ^ agree, he looked like he wasn’t used to playing with a dominant big man and not running the show

  • robb

    yeah, Arenas is the face of bad contracts, but whose fault is that? who gave him those contracts?

  • http://hoopsim airs

    magic aren’t using him right. #freegilbert

  • JD

    i dont agree with this gilbert arenas cluase, couldn’t they just make another arenas rule enabling a team to get rid of a player who commits a serious crime like arenas did with the guns

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  • Heals

    Good call robb, I can just see all the owners arguing over who’s signing was the worst amongst them before ultimately settling on Agent0 when the Orl owner left to use the bathroom…

  • LA Huey

    I would say weapons conviction would be good enough reason void a contract.

  • O

    I was about to say that. Given, he’s not a 20 million dollar player (few are) but any kind of criminal convictions SHOULD void a professional contract.

  • Papa Smurf

    Name the clause after the idiot GM.

  • respect

    its not really his fault that knee injury messed him up bad but before that he was worth every penny, where else can u find someone puttin up 28 and 6

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The Wizards could have voided his contract. They chose not to, for whatever reason.
    But, they had the power to void him immediately.

  • O

    Washington Wizards is such a lame team/name. I wish the Nets would rename the team The Brooklyn Bullets. It would make SO much sense…

  • RaZkOL

    Arenas is just like his name….a ZERO…..he is done. he had the opportunity to bring something to the Magic and all he did was score 8 a game?! Wizards never should have given that type of money. he’s always been gimpy. he’s the new Steve Francis, Stephon Marbury, etc…. talent that went away…FAST……

  • http://sajkflf.com Jukai

    Allen: I actually think the reason they choose not to was because it would have been a lengthy, drawn out, awful publicity battle. The union would have challenged that immediately. It may have gone to court. They decided to just let it go.
    They’re looking for something easy, untouchable, written in the CBA.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Well, the morals clause in contracts allows voiding deals. But, in this case, there was always the question of how the Wizards didn’t know that he had a small arsenal in his locker that was cleaned regularly by team staff.
    It was pretty freaking impossible to pretend that it was a surprise, and it seems like they probably condoned it in a way. So, voiding his contract for behavior you condoned would be an issue.
    They aren’t even looking for a new morals clause. They are just looking for a free salary cap dump

  • Hamond

    If I remember correctly, the owner gave him that contract after Gil got knee surgery, but BEFORE Gil even played a game. So the owner hasn’t even seen how Gil performs after knee surgery and then hands him a 120 mill, 6 year contract. Now the owners want a Gilbert Arenas clause.

    Really? The owner didn’t even do his due diligence to determine whether Gilbert deserves that contract or not. Man…..

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    You are remembering correctly.

  • http://myspace.com/gametimeweezy Gametimeweezy

    they sure are treating these players like cattle right now..

  • http://slamonline.com YoLu

    …but instead of being sold for meat each cow is receiving 5 mil a year.

  • http://www.slamonline.com unf*ckwitable

    Make it the Orlando rule. They hand out bad contracts like candy.

  • rsky

    I think The Wizards partly got suckered into that contract with Arenas. It was the year the Warriors lost Baron Davis and so they were offering a ton of money at Gilbert since they lost a star player and were scrambling for a star / replacement PG. Only the Wizards at the time could offer more than the Warriors and they did.

  • Chukaz

    Its sounds stupid. They gave a guy coming off knee surgery a massive contract. If you ask me it would be anti-american to take money away from Gil. You f*cked up, now you have to live with the consequences. Sure, it wasn’t the Magic that gave him the monster contract, but they did trade for him. If the argument is that they thought he’d get better, then they f*cked up and have to live with the consequences. There’s no do overs in life

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    They wont take his money. They can’t. The contract just wont count against the salary cap. He will still get paid.

  • http://therurbangriot.com The NUPE

    IMO, there should be ways for teams to either get out of paying a contract or to be able to ‘dump a contract’ without penalty.

    I’m not a fan of a morals clause unless it’s related to a felony conviction. This is the one case where I believe a team should be able to get out of the contract without paying.

    When/If a player get’s hurt or under performs (or unable to perform), it seems that the team should be able to ‘dump’ the contract but still payout the player at current value of the contract. There are additional complications with this approach though. For example, can the player sign with another team (or play overseas) if they are dumped? I would think yes, but would pose an interesting situation if the player (who got paid out by team X), comes back later the same season and plays against his team. Seems like from a players union standpoint, they should be o.k. with this as it would mean that the player gets paid and likely then another player can get paid when added to the team in the open roster spot. This could be a good deal for owners too so that they can get another player who can help the team stay competitive.

  • Dr. DL

    Cosign Chuckaz. It is flat out unAmerican, not to mention flat out hard to swallow that franchise owners who made billions playing at a free market economy now need protection from their own propensity for bad investments. They obviously understand the risk/reward at play in any financial investment. No way it makes sense for them to have a special opt-out clause to let them off the hook for reckless spending. You don’t get that in the stock market! So yeah Gil was offered a risky contract and probably can’t play to that level for this team. I think the biggest problem for him right now is playing for the Magic, not so much that he is physically broken. But a contract has to be binding for both parties or it is meaningless. It also bums me out to see people on here hating on Steve Francis. That guy was one of the most spectacular stars in the league for a number of years, no reason to rip on him just because his body deteriorated over time- it happens to everyone.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    How many shots will Agent Zero put up during the lock out now?? Half a GAZILLION…?

  • Ugh

    This is so not news.

  • kbj

    should be the Rashard Lewis claus

  • ronald107

    I’m thinking the Otis Smith clause is more appropriate

  • magicfan

    I am with ronald, but it should be the “Otis Smith is a dumba**” rule. FIRE OTIS.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Dr. DL
    Most people don’t understand capitalism. And people who do count on that ignorance.

  • Eric Pedrosa

    Arenas looked liked he was on his last legs all season? What about when he avg 17 and 5 in 21 mpg backing up Wall and eventually filling in for him when Wall went down. It was more a system issue once he was traded more than a physical issue although both were the culprit.

  • zay

    He did average 17 before he got to Orlando.

  • d-$

    First of all, the Wizards’ ownership gave him the contract and even offered to give him the max contract but Gilbert declined to take more money. Would any of the people who consistently hate on this man do the same thing at their job, take less money for the good of the company? I think not.
    Secondly, people seem to forget that other teams were lining up to sign Gilbert. He was, at the time, worth that money in the eyes of the owners around the league.
    Gilbert continually put the Wizards’ team on his back, taking them from being a team that never was playing during playoff time in April to a 4th and 5th seed each year. That’s not even considering what could’ve been without the injuries. Before his first major knee injury the Wizards were #1 in the East at the all-star break and he was the leading MVP candidate in most people’s eyes.
    Also, coming from someone who has lived in DC and witnessed the Gil era, he did everything he possibly could for the community and fans.
    At the time he deserved that contract.
    The Gilbert bashing has to stop, people are just either ill-informed or just stupid. He obviously made a grave mistake and has had to pay for it, but he is still a player who CAN produce.
    Again, people forget that he averaged about 17 ppg and 6 assists playing alongside WITH the future of the franchise J. Wall. Van Gundy needs to learn how to use him in Orlando. I am very certain he will produce next season and surprise a lot of people with the extended offseason. It takes a couple of years to fully recover from microfracture knee surgery and gain most of the explosiveness you once had back(see Amare, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd) and Gilbert is finally around that point.


    f**k the haters

  • d-$

    Not to mention he thrives on the hate so some people are going to be eating their words, I guarantee it. #zero2hero

  • d-$

    Poorly written and incorrect in a lot of areas article, btw.

  • Wizardsfan

    People forget so easily.. I’m sure Gil was the cover boy of NBA Live because they ran out of players.. I guess he was in the top 10 in the NBA in scoring for years out of luck.. You probably think he stumbled into being all-NBA three times in a row.. And at the time he signed his contract, I can tell you the Wizards fans greatest fear was that Abe Pollin would try to be cheat and not offer Gil a max contract.. Whatever team you root for, I can guarantee that had they had the cap space, they would’ve been lining up to give Gil a max deal.. It wasn’t a bad decision by Ernie Grunfeld, you can’t let the greatest player in franchise history walk at the age of 27. Period.