Arenas may be headed to CBA
Updated: 2012-10-24 08:10
By Dusty Lane (China Daily)
Another day, another All-Star.
And this one would bring some extra baggage.
Even as former NBA forward Tracy McGrady is settling in with the Chinese Basketball Association's Qingdao Eagles, a report from Yahoo Sports surfaced on Tuesday that three-time All-Star guard Gilbert Arenas is closing in on a deal with the Guangdong Southern Tigers.
The move would pair Arenas (pictured) with former NBA player Yi Jianlian as the seven-time league champions attempt to wrest the title back from the Beijing Ducks.
Drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 2001, Arenas' best years came after he signed a six-year, $60 million contact with the Washington Wizards in 2003. All three All-Star appearances came during that period, and he was named second-team All-NBA once and third-team twice.
Things took a turn for the much worse after he signed a six-year, $111 million extension with the Wizards.
The details of the bizarre incident that sidetracked his career are still in dispute, but in December 2009 Arenas brought four handguns into the Wizards' locker room in the midst of an argument between teammates over a gambling debt.
"Someone said they were going to shoot me," Arenas told USA Today later in an interview. "So since I'm one of those guys who says, 'I want to see this happen. I want to see you actually shoot me,' that's where that came from. I brought the four guns in and said (in a note), 'Pick 1, so the day you want to shoot me let me know, I'll be ready to get shot'."
Arenas and teammate Javaris Crittenton were suspended for the remainder of the season, and Arenas pleaded guilty to a felony charge.
China does not automatically forbid entry to foreigners with felony convictions.
The next season, the Wizards traded Arenas to the Orlando Magic, who waived him last December under the amnesty clause.
He signed with the Memphis Grizzlies in March, but played only a smattering of minutes in six games.
At his best, "Agent Zero" is a high-octane guard who averaged 29.3 points, 6.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 2005.
He's struggled frequently with knee injuries, however, missing parts of several seasons after undergoing multiple surgeries.
(China Daily 10/24/2012 page22)