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Saturday, January 28th, 2012 at 10:56 am  |  61 responses

Report: Lakers Interested in Gilbert Arenas


A Hoopsworld report late Friday night has hoops fans’ imaginations on overdrive. The story alleges that the Lakers—who could use another scorer—have expressed interest in unrestricted free agent Gilbert Arenas. If Agent Zero is ready to play and has access to minutes, he could significantly improve a contender’s title aspirations: “The Los Angeles Lakers have expressed interest in Gilbert Arenas, according to sources close to the situation. The 30-year-old is an unrestricted free agent after being amnestied by the Orlando Magic last month. No signing is imminent, but the Lakers have reached out to the veteran point guard. League sources say that Arenas would love to join the Lakers. He grew up in Los Angeles and is interested in playing for his hometown team. He believes that he can contribute in Los Angeles’ backcourt, which currently features an aging Derek Fisher, injured Steve Blake and inexperienced Darius Morris. Arenas and Blake played together for two years with the Washington Wizards.”

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  • Ldub

    I think right now, almost any PG in the L is an upgrade for the Lakers situation right now. Signing a PG or trading for one? Maybe the Lakers should sign Arenas so they can trade him to NJ in a package for DWILL?

  • http://ZOGS.COM ZOGS

    If they can get him for cheap, i think he could be an X-factor

  • Niio

    I love the idea of Gil joining the Lakers. I think the pressure is off of him now to live up his Wiz days or trying to prove that he’s “back”. Just given the green light to ballin’ without having to look over his shoulder for any mistakes made will be great for him!

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    shoulda been done weeks ago

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Anything that gets Dfish out of the lineup – even for an experiment, is good IMO.

  • hotshot

    We need skip to my Lou, not gilbert. He’s a real point gay that can set everybody up

  • Ldub

    ^^^ hope you only mean the starting lineup. He would be great off the bench.

  • ripslam

    Oh god…

  • fizzbucket

    A legit starting PG would help L.A. I suppose.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    I donno how kobe is gonna deal with Gil and Ron in the same locker room.

  • Joe

    Can’t hurt!

  • http://Slamonline.com Rocksinmypants

    Hibachi+Metta= crazy sh1t happening, but if he could be had for cheap why not?

  • Heals

    Probably right Joe, but dupe looked awful for Orl last year…

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    The lakers don’t need another old PG that can shoot but lacks the foot speed needed to keep up with athletic backcourts.

  • TotallyFckinRad

    That would be a good pick up for the Lakers.

  • tomtom

    YESYESYES!! i predicted this when we dropped D. Character to the Dleague, clearing up space on a roster stuffed with rooks and scrubs. I really hope we land him, but more importantly i hope Mike Brown can keep him in check.

  • http://www.slamonline.com aman from arkansas

    gilbert should be in the d league or working at wal-mart not in the nba.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Allen Iverson??

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^please let go

  • Yesse

    Well, all i have to say that its about time.

    Its an upgrade for Fisher for sure, but i hope he does better than last year.

  • AD

    lol @ldub dwill is not going to the lakers lol ……….i rather see AI

  • beanzz

    Iverson would be a great add too

  • anynomous

    the lakers HAVE to make this move. Arenas is an upgrade from fisher who should be working at wal-mart rather than playing in the nba. Don`t know if it will pan out but this should have been done weeks ago. @GP23 AI definitely should be playing in the nba (rather than fisher and at least ANOTHER 50% of the nba`s current personnel) but not with the lakers. Not sure if anybody should be teamed up with kobe who already has problems spreading the wealth with a couple of 7-footers who shoot well over 50% from the field. But LA has do something abt their pg “situation”. Maybe having a better shooter/scorer will prompt kobe to release his stranglehold on the rock.

  • anynomous

    LA is not getting both dwight and dwill. Don`t really think they will land dwill regardless of what transpires with dwight this season or during the summer in free agency.

  • Emeka

    The lakers should make this move. Kobe will motivate Gilbert to want get back to his old days to prove his critics wrong (#kobesystem). Also Gilbert is defn an upgrade from Goudelock n Morris. He can create his own shot n set up for others. Lakers should also try to get Kaman as a bac up to the bigs.

  • shutup

    I doubt this is what LA needs. Arenas is a ball stopper, and a high volume shooter, unless he can play a jason terry role I dont see him helping this team.

  • Mariano

    I thought it was a known fact that Gilbert is not a PG, more like an undersized SG

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

    Gil, metta, jack, and jo walk into a strip club in china and find jr smith, kenyon, and birdman 4 bottles deep with ores all over them. Jack and gil show off their tats to the amusement of jr kenyon and birdman, while metta displays his newest haircut. As jo asks if anyone remembers him being an mvp candidate, jack grabs the mic and performs his newest rap, which is surprisingly good. Metta does not attempt to rebuttal. At this point aaron brooks wanders in and asks if the chinese season is over yet. Just as jr says no, steph meanders in with a jar of vasoline and a couple boxes of shoes. Steph tries to convince everyone to stop drinking and get high on life. Gil tells him to stop being a downer, as everyone finds him annoying. Steph gets frustrated and tries to call kg while sharing his vasoline with a stripper, meanwhile, gil promptly craps in stephs shoes. All find this hilarious.

  • TBEASTIN

    lol @ Tarzan.

  • http://fella1hoops.com Tfos

    This will be a great pickup for LA. Arenas is still fairly young, and if gets the chance to start I think we could see a glimpse of what he used to be. By any means, Arenas is not washed up, he can still play

  • shutup

    That Jack and Gil line i thought was goin in a different direction. Jack and Gil went up the hill to fetch a fifth of liquor, Jack had a nine Gil had a tech to keep the scrubs up off them, Gil shot first Jack popped his nine, bodies started droppin after.

  • Justin G.

    @JTaylor…Now 30 is old? So Wade is an old man and Lebron will be old in 3 years? Scary

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    lmaoooo @ tarzan. nah but gilbert might be OK in the triangle but right now they could just use a regular old pg. He might be able to provide a nice scoring punch off the bench tho.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    I hate Gil’s game, but he is an upgrade over Fisher. BOOK IT!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Mars

    30 is old (sarcasm)…Yeah more like 30 is prime, and this should have been done long ago. But they thought they were gonna get CP, but the league reneged. Now sweeten the deal and get Howard, and call it a day.

  • http://Www.nba.cOm 2Sikh

    Allen Iverson is a better fit the Lakers should sign him for a scoring punch off the bench … Ai aint opening his
    mouth about anything with Kobe and D Fish around he never has been with a guy who accomplished more in the leauge.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    A.I. wont return but the Lakers would be the best fit or the Knicks or the Heat…. lol

  • anynomous

    @2Sikh AI has never been apart of an organization like the LA lakers whose accomplished more but kobe INDIVIDUALLY hasn`t accomplished anything more than AI. He`s just played for a better organization, better all-around players and teams, and a better coach for most of his career. The mutual respect that they have for one another is more due to the fact that they have left everything out on the court night in night out through good health and bad for 10+ years. Fisher is INSIGNIFICANT and the sole REASON behind this article.

  • shutup

    @anonymous Kobe has a finals MVP which AI doesnt have, Kobe is like 5th or 6th all time scoring AI is like 17th and thats just off the top of my head and if you wanna not count his 5 rings.

  • anynomous

    @Sikh With all that being said AI belongs on the Eastcoast starting for some team with a PG/SG who actually compliments his game. As much as I want to see AI back on the nba courts, something tells me that LA is not the right situation. Now, I`m a little surprised that LA hasn`t considered AI but then again the term “Allen Iverson” has become tabooish to this stern-driven association.

  • anynomous

    @shutup I think the lakers AS A TEAM have been to the finals 7 times during kobe`s career winning 5 of them and he has “A” finals MVP. AI has been there “ONCE” in a loss. To win a finals MVP your team has to be good enough to get to the finals and then to win in the finals where you played the most significant role in winning. So, a finals MVP is 2/3 team and 1/3 individual – the latter does not exist without the former. And I`m sure you already know that moving up the all-time scoring list is contigent on playing. AI hasn`t played in the nba since when Jan or Feb 2010. I would hope that kobe would be higher. He`s played longer in a defined role that fits him to a “T” (a scorer) thus he`s accumulated more points. Weird how that happens.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    crazy late but,
    HIBACHIIIIIII!!!!!!

  • underdog

    Make it happen.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ballinismyhobby

    Sources have been telling me that the Heats best kept secret is that they will pick Allen Iverson up for the playoffs… Riley always loved Iverson and theres a reason AI hasnt spoke out yet about how it feels to be sitting at home because Iverson’s camp already knows he will be in South Beach for the end of his career. Another reason this is kept a secret is because Stern planned it Im hearing.. hes fed up with the whole Allen Iverson black balled talk so he is ready to stop that jibberish when all eyes are on AI and the Heat

  • ron

    Trouble

  • Mike from Spain

    good grief, does LA need another chucker?

  • Mike from Spain

    Pau: “we need to feed the post”. LAkers management: “We are bringing Arenas to the team, LOL”

  • vctmac

    the lakers dnt need a volume shooter at the 1. they need someone who is can replace shannon browns athletic ability but yet can shoot the lights out. i think the lakers will be fine with d fish and goudelock. they need to sign jr smith or even arron brooks who r both in the chineese league. if the lakers were smart they wud get to jr asap as JR has expressed to play in LA, jus dnt kno which team, either the LOB ANGELES CLIPPERS or the LAKERS. but i mean, signing brooks and jr will only create depth and spread the floor more. the lakers have an awful bench lmao, with kapono? blake injured, metta world peace who is doodoo and so is matt barnes. everytime Metta lets it fly i pray for it to go in, and 1/12 times it works.

  • add

    4 years to late

  • shutup

    @anonymous AI isnt in the league right now and lost the years he did by be selfish and unwilling to accept a lesser role. and as age caught up with him the league was also getting more athletic. In AI’s prime he was the fastest on the court. Trying to diminish Kobe’s accomplishments is silly he was the driving force behind The past two championships, but if you wanna argue that; Kobe has a Dunk Contest Trophy, an 81- point game and is second in consecutive 40-point games. And lets say AI missed two years of his career it doesnt make up the 5,000 point difference in all-time points

  • ARL31

    Not a good idea. This guy is washed up and has a bad attitude. You take risks like that if a team is already a contender and has veterans and a coach that could control loose cannons like Gil. You don’t add guys like that to a problem-riddled team and expect them to improve things.

  • anynomous

    @shutup You can harp on the same “OLD LAME” issues that ppl have concocted in order to justify AI`s continued absence from the nba but the truth is if the nba was a league primarily based on talent Iverson would be playing right now. Yeah, Iverson definitely has to take some blame (which he has done) for his current position but his alleged “Selfishness” has been widely overplayed as the culprit. “Stubborness” is a better word to describe his unwillingness to adapt to newly defined roles in detroit and memphis. A “detroit stubborness” that originated from a broken promise made to Iverson directly from the head coach (Curry) that he would not be benched after averaging 26-6 the previous season in denver. A “memphis stubborness” that originated from the frustration of a lingering hamstring injury which resulted in a lack of fitness entering the season and a subsequent benching. An “overall stubborness” that originates from his love for the game which he has ALWAYS zealously illustrated by wanting to play ALL 48 minutes. So, I don`t believe “Selfish” is the right way to describe Iverson. “Selfishness” is single-handedly shooting your team outside of playoff contention which is what kobe has somehow managed to do this season. For example, eventhough LA has an obvious size advantage in the post over every team, they find themselves struggling against the bogutless-bucks.

  • anynomous

    For the sake of agreeing, I have nothing but respect for kobe`s game but I`m not going to give overdue credit when it is not warranted. In accordance, the driving force behind the lakers last 3 final appearances and 2 championships was the acquisition of gasol from memphis. Period. Prior to that, the lakers were no where near contention as they couldn`t even get out the 1st round of the playoffs. It doesn`t take a genius to see that gasol was the differene-maker. He allowed odom to go to the bench where he strived, took pressure off of a young, still developing bynum, and became the consistent post presnce that the lakers needed. Not to mention him making LA the tallest frontcourt (7-0 & 7-5) in the league. He was the solution to all of their problems and the result was was 2 more titles for an already decorated organization. Of course, kobe still held the title of the best player on the team but he was certainly not only key to success.

  • shutup

    I completely agree Gasol put them over the top, but to say Kobe wasnt the driving force is just silly, and for the record I dont like the Lakers or Kobe for that matter, I admire Iverson and what he has accomplished, In a one on one matchup in their prime I would pick Iverson to win 9-10 times. But as far as nba careers have gone Kobe has had the better individual career. I never said Kobe did it alone, but I’m not into arguing what could’ve been, I like to debate what has actually happened. I agree Iverson has had a bum rap, but Memphis took a chance on him, and whether it was selfishness or stubbornness or stupidness, Iverson couldnt and wouldnt accept his newly found role on the Grizzlies or in the NBA. Iverson always had an issue with his coaches it’s just he was such a pure talent that they had to deal with it, as his skills diminished the neccesity to appease him did too. (Practice?, are we really talking about Practice?)

  • bdogg

    very bad idea with a capital B! i thought la was not desperate…that is basically throwing the towel in..period!!!

  • anynomous

    @bdogg I think having fisher as a starter is the definition of being desperate. The lakers have glaring, eye-popping weaknesses at the 1 and the 3 – fisher/blake and barnes/artest (b/c I aint calling him metta). What would you like them to do? Wait until things get better?

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

    Allen Iverson should be back in the league and either starting at PG in NYK or LAL, SG in PHX or 6th man on any 3-5 other randomly named teams you could care to mention

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    The last thing NY needs is a shoot-first pg

  • http://bedotwater.bandcamp.com BE.water

    who in Los Angeles is 7 foot 5?

  • anynomous

    @BE.water Technical error. bynum is 7-0. @dacre Thank you. Insane that AI was not considered by NY. The knicks have bibby, an oft-injured baron davis, and douglas making up their backcourt. WOW. No wonder they`re struggling. The nba is a total disappointment. There are too many teams overpaying mediocre/good players while settling for other players with lesser talent.

  • http://yahoomail.com Paux

    no pls not gilbertttt!!! jose calderon, mo williams, dwill, rodrigue beoubuas (i dont know the name the young guy in mavs.) theirs alot to choose from! lakers have no chance to win it all this year is they dont upgrade that bench.

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