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Lakers open to attending Arenas workout

Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:29 pm
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak is awaiting word on details of a workout Gilbert Arenas is planning in Los Angeles later this week and is open-minded about attending, two people with knowledge of the situation told Wednesday.

Although the Lakers have publicly been noncommittal about whether to pursue the three-time All-Star, Kupchak has nothing to lose by evaluating Arenas as a potential solution to the team's point guard woes. The workout date has not yet been set, but Kupchak is said to be willing to attend depending on timing and logistics.

"The Lakers are going to take a look at him," one of the people familiar with the matter said.

Arenas, 30, was waived by the Magic via the amnesty clause after averaging 8.0 points in 49 games for Orlando last season, including two starts. In a total of 70 games for Orlando and Washington in 2010-11, Arenas averaged 10.8 points -- his first full season since serving a 50-game suspension for bringing guns into the Wizards' locker room in December 2009.

Arenas played only 47 games in the previous three seasons due to an assortment of knee injuries, and there are doubts among NBA executives about whether he has anything left. But the Lakers, with no ball-handling guard who can break down opposing defenses, are seeking a spark anywhere they can find it. The team also has been linked with Cleveland's Ramon Sessions and Houston's Jonny Flynn, though neither situation has progressed.

While the Lakers are on the East Coast, losing in Philadelphia Monday night and playing at Boston Thursday and at New York Friday, Kupchak has stayed in L.A. and would be in position to attend Arenas' workout personally.


Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 6:28 pm

Lakers open to attending Arenas workout

There's a new rumor in NY that is very HUSH HUSH but they're saying is "all but done"...

It has Melo to LA now - for Gasol. Cool

Ironically THAT would be good for both. LA needs someone besides Koby to be a scoring threat outside the basket and LA has defense to compensate for Melo's (non) defense. 

Meanwhile, Gasol's game would fit into D'Antoni's system MUCH better than Melo - as a very effective - and very tall - "SMALL" forward!  
That's LA with Kobe AND Melo on the outside, with Bynum (or Howard) under the hoop.  The Knicks will now have a VERY efficient "passing" Gasol at "small" forward - providing D"Antoni's sytem something it never had before.  A very intelligent and excellent-distibuting point guard now enabled to pick & roll to a TRIO of very "able" 7-footers!!

That s a WIN-WIN for each.  Each team would present a greater threat within their conference. (Yes that includes the Heat.  Because, one thing the Heat greats cant compete with is THREE 7-footers who can move pass & score (fed by a very smart pointguard in a perfect system.)

Since: Feb 8, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:22 pm

Lakers open to attending Arenas workout

Well if thst's the case, say goodbye to fish and Luke!

Since: Feb 8, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:44 pm

Lakers open to attending Arenas workout

For all the haters that keep saying that Gilbert is out of shape and not ready to work out, the man has already put in some work he  lost 20 pounds. So all this if this if that is crapp. Gil will put D Fish on the bench Period, Then you will see the WOW facter. You guys really don't have a clue! don't believe half the crapp you read, I was there from the beginning, and I can't wait to say I told you so. Some guys just have it and Gil is one of those people. he's totally healthy and won't be just servicable but Explosive!

Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:36 pm

Lakers open to attending Arenas workout

I agree.  The Lakers should have signed him long ago.  This is an all-star caliber player (at least his upside is...and he played well last year) with 0 risk.  If he totally flops or goes off the deep end, they can cut him without losing anything (relatively).  Too much upside not to sign him.

Since: Feb 8, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:32 pm

Lakers open to attending Arenas workout

It's amazing how people say things that they know nothing about. The truth of the matter is that Gilbert played at a very high level level last year before the trade to Orlando, I know I was there at all the games, Gilbert was avaeraging and effortless 17 points per game and he wasn't totally healthy. Orlando had know clue as to how to use him. Gilbert is not playing to come off no bench. Gilbert is a star not a 8 minutes per game washed up bum, Gilbert will bring it period. If the Lakers knew what I know they would grab him quick because when the word get out about his workout, they may not be able to get him. Get him or play against him. All these c rated players Sessions, B Davis, Gourlock or whoever he is can;t mess with a washed up Arenas. Now the real issue is wether the spoiled Mamba will want to share the spotlight because Gil is coming to LIGHT IT UP! AND HIS BOY FISH WILL BE ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN. That's the real issue.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:14 pm

Lakers open to attending Arenas workout

Arenas wouldn't or couldn't perform when he was making 20+ million, now you think he will perform for the veteran minimum? Seriously?? Lakers: focus on finding young athletic talent. Don't turn your team into a nursing home.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:26 pm

Lakers open to attending Arenas workout

arenas is really a good player. he is a squirrel. if mike brown can talk to himand find out if he is really serious about playing, then he will be a good asset for the lakers. you never really know if a player will fit into your team until you try him.

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:46 pm

Lakers open to attending Arenas workout

jjtulljj, 17 banners is impressive!  And, I do believe the Lakers will be back at some point.  It is the biggest market, so they will always get key free agents, and will always have plenty of money, despite a cap.  They shall return- just not any time in the immediate future.  I cannot figure out how this team got so depleted as far as talent goes.  They have the main 3 who are as solid as any 3 in the game, when they are on.  After that, it falls off badly.  I am amused that the Lakers think Arenas is possibly the answer.  I would rather play with 12 other no- talent guys who bust their a**es every night than to let a guy like primadonna Arenas on my club.  Where are the "Hustle Heart Guys' on the Lakers.  All good teams have a few, and I don't see it on the Lakers.  Unfortunately for my Hornets, we have about 13 or 14 on the roster!!

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:34 pm

Lakers open to attending Arenas workout

If Gilbert Arenas is the answer, what's the question?  It's sure not "who can help our team get better?".  Arenas is toast.  His knees are a wreck, he's overweight, and is a selfish player on the court.  #STRIKETWO

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:32 pm

Lakers open to attending Arenas workout

This would be a good move by the Lakers under some conditions. First, are the knees healthy? That is a dealbreaker.  The last thing the Lakers need is a gimpy guard, they already have Fisher and that is pretty much the same thing.  Second, is Arenas head in the game? If it is good.  If not can Kobe hammer it into shape? It worked with Metta Whirled Peas even if his skills have dropped out of sight.  If he can't get on board Kobe's program he's toast no matter the health and skills.  Lastly, can he live in a locker room that is already established as someone elses team?  If he can settle into a teammate role and life he's good to go.  even if he's not the scorer he was before the meltdown but still solid and his head is wired straight he would be as plus for the team.  I wouldn't mind seeing him get another chance and if he can help my Lakers then that's a plus.

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