Monday, February 13, 2012

Arenas works out for the Lakers

source: GMA News

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski and ESPN LA's Dave McMenamin are both reporting that free agent guard Gilbert Arenas had a private workout for Los Angeles Lakers officials, Sunday (Monday, PHL time).

The Lakers coaching staff, led by Mike Brown, were unable to attend, due to a scheduled game against the Toronto Raptors, but general manager Mitch Kupchak was present, McMenamin wrote.

The 30-year-old guard was cut under the new collective bargaining agreement's amnesty clause this past off-season by the Orlando Magic, after landing there in the 2010-11 season via trade from the Washington Wizards.

As a reserve with the Magic, Arena played 49 games, averaging 8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists, a far cry from his 22.6 point, 4.2 rebound, 7.2 assist averages in the 2009-10 season with Washington, prior to a season-ending suspension for bringing in guns to the locker room.

Injuries have robbed Arenas of most of his explosiveness, but the 10-year veteran recently underwent a "platelet-rich plasma therapy," similar to what Laker Kobe Bryant underwent this past summer in Germany.

The Lakers are in need of scoring off the bench, and an upgrade at the point guard position. They currently have veterans Derek Fisher (5.1 points, 2 rebounds, 3.1 assists), and Steve Blake (7 points, 2 rebounds, 2.7 assists), plus rookies Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock as players capable of playing point.

The Lakers bench is dead last in the NBA in terms of scoring, norming just 20.3 points per game.

Should the team decide not to push through with signing Arenas, the team will likely try to acquire a point guard via trade. They currently have an $8.9 million trade exception that they acquired when they dealt Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks. - AMD, GMA News