HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The Los Angeles Lakers’ search for a spark this season has led them to an interesting crossroads. Do they explore the depths of the trade market and risk giving up yet another valuable asset (remember the Lamar Odom deal) or do they take a chance on adding Gilbert Arenas to the mix in the hopes that he can rekindle some of his old magic in purple and gold?
They’ve already worked Arenas out, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com. The Lakers are clearly in need of something more than they have on the current roster to get them cranked up again. But Arenas?
He’s prepared himself for the possibility, according to the report:
Arenas, who turned 30 last month, looked “slimmed down” and “explosive,” according to a source with knowledge of the workout, but no signing is necessarily imminent as the guard flew back to his home in Orlando, Fla., from Los Angeles on Sunday night.
Arenas recently underwent a similar blood-spinning procedure on both of his knees and hips that Lakers guard Kobe Bryant visited Germany during the offseason to receive. Arenas was treated by Dr. Edward Capla in New York City. Capla used to work under Dr. Peter Wehling, who treated Bryant and New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez. After Arenas reported the procedure made his left knee, which had undergone three operations since 2006, feel springy again, he recommended Capla to former teammate and New Jersey Nets guard DeShawn Stevenson, who also received the treatment.
Bryant told reporters in Philadelphia last week his knee feels “90 percent better, just to not say 100” after visiting Wehling. Bryant has been in contact with Arenas and is supportive of bringing the guard who owns the Staples Center visitor’s scoring record of 60 points in a single game to the Lakers, according to multiple sources.
The former three-time All-Star has averaged 21.2 points and 5.4 assists in his 10-year NBA career, but registered just 8.0 points on 34.4 percent shooting in 49 games with the Orlando Magic last season. Orlando waived Arenas via the NBA’s amnesty clause provision during the preseason, taking the $62 million owed to Arenas over the next three seasons off of its salary cap.
If Arenas were to sign with the Lakers, they could only offer him the veteran’s minimum, worth about $1.4 million.
With such a minimal financial investment the Lakers have to at least think long and hard about bringing Arenas aboard. He certainly couldn’t be any more of a distraction than what they’ve dealt with in the past.
Play GM for a minute and make a decision on what to do for the Lakers …