NBA Rumors: Gilbert Arenas Attempting A Comeback

Gilbert Arenas
Gilbert Arenas
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Two years out of the National Basketball Association has been too much for Gilbert Arenas.

In an interview with 106.7 “The Fan” in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Agent Zero said he told Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young he is working out in order to make a return to the NBA.

“I’m in the middle of training now,” Arenas told The Fan’s Grant and Danny. “I said I’m gonna give it one more chance. I told Nick [Young] I’m gonna actually put some heart into it. You know, I lost it there for awhile.”

In the interview, Arenas continually referred to the Washington Wizards as “we” and “us,” and added that he has been rooting for the team during their current playoff run against the Chicago Bulls.

Arenas, 32, last played 17 games for the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2011-12 season, averaging 4.2 points in 12.5 minutes per game. He’s about eight years removed from the prime of his career when he was the leading scorer of the Wizards. In 2005 and 2006, Arenas averaged about 29 points per game and shot better than 35 percent from beyond the arc.

Since then, Arenas’ numbers declined each year, leading to his departure from the nation’s capital. He signed on with the Orlando Magic in 2010, averaging 10.8 points per game, before moving onto Memphis and eventually out of the league altogether.

The last we heard of an Arenas comeback was back in September of 2013, when there was speculation he could receive an invitation to the Los Angeles Clippers training. But because of the off-the-court baggage he carries, he did not get the invite and instead played overseas with the Chinese Basketball Association.


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