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Wiz at Lakers, Gilbert at it again

So we're in the locker room before the game when some Los Angeles based writers roll up to Gilbert Arenas and start talking to him. The interview begins with Gilbert talking about how he's still unsure of when he'll be cleared to play again and then suddenly, it took a wild, Arenas-turn when he was asked about the upcoming summer.

"I want to see Antawn (Jamison) taken care of first and then, I'll take a pay cut to keep the team intact," Arenas said.

How much less is he willing to take?
"That depends on what Antawn wants," Arenas replied with a chuckle. "We've been together six out of my seven years so we have an understanding. We know what it's in jeopardy so, you know, I told him whatever he wants, give it to him, and I'll take the pay cut. I know what he does. He's a part of my success and I'm a part of his success so we have this one-two combination that works in this league. We know we make each other better. Someone has to sacrifice. This might be one of his last contracts so I'll sacrifice and hopefully, I'll get another one at the end of the day. And if I don't, I know I did the right thing."

If you're wondering why Arenas chose tonight to break the news of his new plan, join the club. I have no idea.
As for his return, Arenas said he still doesn't know when doctors will clear him. He's still hoping it's soon - mayb as soon as Wednesday's home game against Milwaukee but that remains to be seen.

By Ivan Carter  |  March 30, 2008; 9:47 PM ET
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