Under the guidance of new coach Doc Rivers and with offseason acquisitions like Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick, the Los Angeles Clippers have the complementary weapons to accompany the tandem of All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. However, it appears the Clippers are still not done with Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld stating that former All-Star guard Gilbert Arenas could join the fold to help Los Angeles make another serious championship run.
The Clippers could give the 31-year-old Arenas another chance at an NBA career with an invite to training camp. Arenas was suspended for the remainder of the 2009-10 season back in January 6, 2010 for violating NBA rules by bringing firearms into the locker room of the Verizon Center when he was still a part of the Washington Wizards.
Since then, Arenas’ career has been in a tailspin with unproductive stints in Orlando, Memphis and the Chinese Basketball Association—certainly a far cry from the days when he was a three-time All-Star averaging a career-high 29.3 points per game in the 2005-06 season.
Though he might be a shadow of his former self, Arenas is a career 20.7 points per game scorer. The Clippers certainly don’t mind adding another potent scorer to shore up a bench that already includes players like Jamal Crawford and Darren Collison.
The financial risk of bringing on Arenas will be minimal as his 10 plus years of NBA experience will probably net him a veteran’s minimum contract of roughly $1.4 million. Since a signing of Arenas would be largely experimental, he will probably only get a one-year deal at best.
That being said, Arenas will still have to prove he’s physically capable of withstanding the rigors of the NBA again. Even if he makes the team, the Clippers are stacked with guards so accepting a minimal role off the bench will be something Arenas must acknowledge.