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Arenas update II

Call me crazy but the season's only a month over and I miss the routine. I'm in a blogging mood so let's get to it.

Today's story on Gilbert Arenas and his plans for the summer raised some questions so I got number zero on the horn tonight and tried to clarify a few things:

-Gilbert told me that after looking at his contract today, he actually needs to file paperwork for opting out by June 20th, 10 days before the June 30th deadline. Free agency opens July 1. Arenas said he still plans on doing so as soon as late next week. He said he'll have a lawyer look it all over and make sure everything is tight.

- I asked Gilbert "why wait" at all and he responded with: "Just in case anything happens, I'll be covered." Translation: If the guy hurts the knee or gets hit by a bus, he'll still get $12.8 million next year.

-Per questions about why he just started rehab yesterday: Arenas said he chose to wait a full month to allow the knee plenty of time to heal. He never felt comfortable after his late-season comeback or during the playoffs and wanted to take the extra-cautious approach.
His approach this summer will be "smart:"

Arenas: "The thing that was a problem last summer was the pounding on it. I was just on it too much. I'm going to ride the bike, get in teh pool and make sure I get everything stronger around the knee before I really start to wortk it hard."
I then asked him about playing at Barry Farms etc., etc.: "No way," he responded. "Not this summer. I gotta stay off it and let it get right. And no full court games either. But I can shoot a lot of jumpers and work on my ballhandling."
Me: "How are you going to stay in shape and not get fat?" (And yes, that's how I worded the question)
Arenas: "Actually, I just came from whole foods right now. I'm going home to eat some chicken and a salad."

-I asked Arenas whether he has any visits lined up elsewhere.
Arenas: "Actually, I'm going to be out of the country until the middle of July."

He'll be traveling in China so other teams interested in making a play had better have a good cell phone signal.
It all adds up to the obvious: Arenas will be in a Wiz uniform next season. The only questions involve the number of years and the size of the deal. Arenas does want Antawn taken care of and I see that happening as well.

I'll keep you posted as events evolve.

-As for summer league, we still don't know when the Wiz play but as soon as the sched is released, I'll let you know. I seem to remember someone from Comcast telling me that they may televise at least a couple of summer league games. As soon as I figure out the deal on that, I'll let you know as well.

-Barno, I hear you on the rules about hitting on 15. I know. But I've been burned so many times, I avoid it at all costs. It's sorta like my Vikings in a big game: expect the worst no matter what it looks like.

-As for the pre-draft workouts: Young did come in last year prior to the draft and that workout was impressive I hear but McGuire missed a visit due to an ankle injury he picked up in a previous workout. However, VP of Player Personnel Milt Newton, who is otherwise known as the pride of Kansas basketball, tracked him closely in college and McGuire attended the pre-draft camp. Young did not. As soon as I have a list of names of the upcoming workout guys, I'll put it up. Workouts begin Thursday.

-To South Beach Terp's question regarding the "scenary" in Vegas during SL : Yes. It's Vegas man. And the NBA is town. What do you think that means?

-Chris: I hear you on wanting to keep Roger Mason Jr. but he's as good as gone. The writing is on the wall: Arenas will be back, Daniels and Stevenson will still be here, Nick Young will be ready to play more and Roger has earned the right to make more loot and play more minutes. You won't find a member of the media who respects Roger more than me but he has to go out and get as much of some team's ML as he can. It's his best shot at a big contract.

By Ivan Carter  |  June 2, 2008; 9:45 PM ET
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