Sunday, December 18, 2011
Knicks on Arenas' wish list
Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty ImagesAccording to ESPN.com's Marc Stein, the Knicks are one of three teams on Gilbert Arenas' wish list.
Gilbert Arenas, who turns 30 on Jan. 6, has career averages of 21.2 points and 5.4 assists.
Arenas was cut by the Magic under the NBA's amnesty clause. He cleared waivers last week and is free to sign as a free agent. As Stein notes, there haven't been many teams interested in Arenas' services.
But that could change. Writes Stein:
Eventually, though, someone will take a chance on an unrestricted free agent who once averaged better than 25 points per game for three straight seasons.
And I'm told that Arenas, in the wake of his Orlando release, has established a four-team wish list for resuming his comeback from the gunplay debacle in Washington that derailed his career and an unsuccessful stint with the Magic. The 29-year-old is holding out hope that the call comes from either the:
• Lakers ...
• Heat ...
• Knicks ...
• Or whichever team trades for Dwight Howard.
The New Jersey Nets have quietly indicated that they plan to take Arenas on if they're able to complete the trade for Howard that the Magic keep resisting.
Of course, the Knicks are also courting point guard Baron Davis, who is expected to choose a team by Monday.
It's unlikely that the Knicks would add both Davis and Arenas to a guard rotation that includes Toney Douglas and Mike Bibby.
But, as Stein notes, "you can make the argument that -- given the bargain prices involved -- Davis plus Arenas is at worst an intriguing option in the Knicks' quest to develop a guard rotation on a par with the frontcourt power trio of Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler."