The L.A. Lakers and free agent point guard Gilbert Arenas have a "mutual interest", according to a report on Saturday morning from CBS Sports. Arenas, once an All-Star point guard out of the University of Arizona, has seen his career take a tumble with injuries and some poor choices off the court.
The Los Angeles Lakers have expressed interest in Gilbert Arenas, according to sources close to the situation. The 30-year-old is an unrestricted free agent after being amnestied by the Orlando Magic last month. No signing is imminent, but the Lakers have reached out to the veteran point guard.
League sources say that Arenas would love to join the Lakers. He grew up in Los Angeles and is interested in playing for his hometown team. He believes that he can contribute in Los Angeles' backcourt, which currently features an aging Derek Fisher, injured Steve Blake and inexperienced Darius Morris.
Arenas is reportedly in both good health and shape and would be able to contribute immediately for the Lakers. For a team that has had a banged up backcourt throughout the last few years, it may be worth the gamble on Arenas. It is unlikely he returns to the level he once played at with the Wizards, but he could become a formidable point guard to place alongside Kobe Bryant.
It does not look like anything is imminent, but this is definitely a story to keep an eye on.
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