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Arenas to Orlando? Magic GM "not necessarily sure"

Gilbert Arenas's future in Washington remains uncertain because of speculation that the Wizards could look into voiding his contract, trading him or negotiating a buyout in the aftermath of his suspension for bringing guns to the locker room last December. There is also a possibility -- though highly unlikely -- that he could be back hitting game-winners for the home fans at Verizon Center.

But if Arenas is to move elsewhere, Orlando has been mentioned as a possible landing spot in a trade, given Arenas's personal relationship with Magic General Manager Otis Smith. Smith worked in Golden State's front office when Arenas was a rookie and has remained a close sounding board over the years. He met with Arenas when the Magic visited Washington last month.

Arenas, who is owed $80.2 million over the next four years, has told people close to him that he would like to continue his career in Orlando, where he maintains a residence. When asked about a possible reunion, Smith said, "I have no idea. That's a long way to go for anyone to talk about that. [The league] just suspended him for the rest of the year and that's kind of where it is. What happens in the offseason is up to the Wizards and Gil. Who knows what's going to happen from there?"

He said he understands why people have been quick to mention the Magic as a possible future home for Arenas. "Familiarity," Smith said. "It's somebody he's familiar with. Everyone would make that connection because I'm the general manager and I've been a mentor of his since he came into the league. That's an easy connection. I'm not necessarily sure that's going to happen. We have a long way to go before we get to the basketball portion of his career."

With Arenas facing sentencing for felony gun possession on March 26, Smith said that Arenas has more pressing concerns than where he plays basketball. He added that this has been a difficult period for Arenas, who already had to miss the past two seasons with a left knee injury. After this season, Arenas would've missed out on 199 of 246 games.

"He's had some unfortunate times that he's had to deal with -- on the court with injuries and off the court with this incident," Smith said. "He has some things that he has to deal with in his head. We sometimes take the athlete out of society and not necessarily think that they have to deal with, with their own mental state on things. I think he's dealing with some stuff. He's a resilient kid in a lot of different ways and at the end of the day, he just wants to play basketball."

By Michael Lee  |  February 5, 2010; 3:43 PM ET
 
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Marc Stein is reporting on a discussion involving Caron and DeShawn for Josh Howard and one other player... Howard's contract done after this season...

Posted by: bozomoeman | February 5, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

"... and I've been a mentor of his since he came into the league."

Then you haven't done a very good job of mentoring on or off of the court.

Posted by: renostaging2005 | February 5, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Josh Howard is a good player but can't stay healthy. In other words, he will fit right in here.

Posted by: jksesq1 | February 5, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Howard's contract isn't necessarily up after this season; he has a team option for next year.

Butler and Stevenson make about $14 mill this season. Howard makes about $11 mill., so the "other player" would have to make about $3 mil. Looking at the Mavs' roster, the only candidate is Edjuardo Najera, who has two more years left after this one. But the Mavs do have a number of guys on $1 mill (+/-) rookie or 1-year deals they could package to make up the difference: Tim Thomas, Rodrique Beaubois, Quinton Ross, James Singleton, Greg Buckner, JJ Barea.

It's unlikely the Macs would give up a pick in a deal like this, and with the possible exception of Barea and Beaubois (the least likely to get thrown in), none of the other players have any real development potential, so all they'd really have to show for this deal cap space. And that's assuming they don't pick up Howard's option year. In that case, the whole thing is pretty much a wash, because Howard and Butler are pretty comparable players.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 5, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Better to unload Gil via the buyout as-opposed to taking-on bad contracts. Wiz have some leverage in-that they can offer to NOT try to void his contract if Gil accepts say 30 mil to walk.

Posted by: closg | February 5, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

there was never a reason for the Wizard to worry about paying Arenas the money on his contract for there are about10 teams who would trade for him with the money he being paid.there are very few to five scorer in the NBA

Posted by: lostdogrwd1011 | February 5, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

"Better to unload Gil via the buyout as-opposed to taking-on bad contracts. Wiz have some leverage in-that they can offer to NOT try to void his contract if Gil accepts say 30 mil to walk."

That's not much in the way of leverage, given that the general consensus is that an attempt to void his contract would likely fail.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 5, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

there was never a reason for the Wizard to worry about paying Arenas the money on his contract for there are about10 teams who would trade for him with the money he being paid.there are very few to five scorer in the NBA

Posted by: lostdogrwd1011 | February 5, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Where were they when Gil was a free agent?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 5, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

bye bye. I wish you luck somewhere, anywhere else.

Posted by: Realist7598462 | February 5, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

if he gets traded to orlando hes 1st team all nba his first year back

Posted by: smc635 | February 5, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Six reasons Antawn Jamison absolutely needs to be traded before the deadline from Bullets Forever.

http://www.bulletsforever.com/2010/2/5/1296276/six-reasons-antawn-jamison

Posted by: anacostia85 | February 5, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Sounds good, just send us Dwight Howard in return.

Posted by: cr10 | February 5, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Sounds good, just send us Dwight Howard in return.

Posted by: cr10 | February 5, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse


Report: Clippers on Verge of Making the Worst Decision in NBA History

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Earlier today, I said that the Clippers’ future looks bright, all things considered. Well, if the latest rumors are true, then I was very, very wrong. Jeff Goodman of FOXSports.com has the scoop:

NBA Hall of Famer and current men’s basketball coach at Florida International University Isiah Thomas has emerged as one of the candidates to run the Los Angeles Clippers.

According to a source close to the situation, the Clippers have reached out to Thomas—who coached the Indiana Pacers and also the New York Knicks—to take over coaching, general manager and president duties.

Posted by: anacostia85 | February 5, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

The focus should be on AJ,CB and on this season free agents, we should get some thing out of them.Arenas problem will solve with time. if the new owner is quick enough to take over,I think GA will play for wiz.The current owners are going to punish GA and force him to request a reasonable buy out.The best obtion for both is returning him with a so so relationship and involve him in a trade. If GA play good and work on his image , he will get a buyer.

Posted by: gtefferra | February 5, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

as much as i want rid of stevenson....butler for josh howard (maybe dwight) is BS......howard a mediocre stiff.

Posted by: FletcherChristian1 | February 5, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the comments about the reasons why the Wizards need to trade Jamison, one was left out. Yes he can score and yes he can rebound, but he is a total liability on defense. This is deadly for a team that is loaded with defenseless souls. Correction: minus one as Gil is not on the court anymore.

BTW: Isaiah Thomas is poison. Ask Larry Bird and the women IT harasses, for starters.

Posted by: wp318676 | February 5, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

if he gets traded to orlando hes 1st team all nba his first year back
Posted by: smc635

You're assuming, of course, that unlike the previous two seasons that Mr. Arenas isn't hurt. Do you have confidence that he'll remain healthy just because he plays for another team?

Posted by: XMinusOne | February 5, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Gil would have a field day in Orlando. He's never had the benefit of playing with an inside presence like Howard. He's never had anything close to that. They'd have to trade him though. They're not going to be able to void his contract. And a buyout would be foolish, as he'd still count against the Wizards cap. And I can't imagine him taking pennies on the dollar for the $80 mil they owe. So they'd have to pay roughly 55-60 mil for him to go help one of their division rivals, and at the same time he's still crippling their cap.

Posted by: Tempy_McJobhunt | February 6, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

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