Sunday, January 29, 2012
Sources: Lakers consider Gilbert Arenas
By Chris Broussard, ESPN.com
The Lakers' struggles this season have led them to consider the idea of signing Gilbert Arenas, according to league sources.
No signing is imminent, but with their recent struggles on the offensive end, particularly at the point guard position, the Lakers are wondering if Arenas could provide a boost.
With Steve Blake scheduled to miss the next few weeks with a rib injury, the Lakers have rookies Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock backing up the 37-year-old Derek Fisher.
Goudelock has played well the last two games, averaging 13.5 points on 10 of 18 shooting. If he continues to improve, the Lakers' interest in Arenas could wane.
The Lakers would likely require a workout and an interview with Arenas before signing him, and sources said nothing has been scheduled thus far.
The Lakers were lukewarm to the notion of signing Arenas, 30, in December when he was waived by Orlando.
There has been little interest in Arenas throughout the league, which is one reason the Lakers feel he may be on his best behavior. The combination of Kobe Bryant's strong presence in the locker room and this perhaps being Arenas' last chance to revive his career are reasons the Lakers believe he might handle himself with more maturity.
Arenas, once one of the most prolific scorers in the league, averaged eight points on 34 percent shooting in 49 games with Orlando last season.