It seems like forever since Gilbert Arenas stepped on a basketball court.
The Lakers are a possibility, but other teams could also use the services of Gilbert Arenas (R). (Reuters/Kevin Kolczynski)
Arenas has averaged just over 21 points for his career, but has recently sunken into obscurity predicated by a handgun incident that had him suspended indefinitely during the '09-'10 season after just 32 games with his former team, the Washington Wizards.
Before the suspension, Arenas averaged nearly 23 points a game. After the suspension, he was traded to the Orlando Magic mid-season in December 2010, and was waived before the start of the 2011-2012 season.
One could argue that had it not been for the gun incident, which looked to be the cause of a downward spiral, Arenas might not be in the position he's in now: looking for a place to play.
At the same time, he should consider himself a bit lucky considering reports that the Los Angeles Lakers have interest in signing him. According to ESPN.com's Chris Broussard, however, no singing is imminent, and no workout and interview have been scheduled thus far.
But what is clear is that the Lakers are in need of serious backcourt help, especially with Steve Blake scheduled to miss the next few weeks with a rib injury. Los Angeles is 20th in the league in scoring (93.0 points per game) as both Blake, when he was healthy, and starting point guard Derek Fisher combined for only 10 points a game.
Now, the Lakers have rookies Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock backing up the 37-year-old Derek Fisher. Goudelock has made more appearances, though, playing especially well the last two games, averaging 13.5 points on 10 of 18 shooting. The more he improves, the more Arenas becomes less of a possibility in purple and gold.
For argument's sake, let's just say that's the case, and Arenas actually doesn't get the chance to play alongside Kobe Bryant, revive his career and prove his maturity. What other teams should consider bringing him aboard then?
One team is the Indiana Pacers, who are playing very good basketball and may not need Arenas at all if they continue to play the way they have. However, they are undermanned by two, and signing him gives them another scoring threat that can boost their 19th-ranked 93.1 points per game. The Pacers already have three point guards, so the sensible move would be to play Arenas at the two alongside Paul George and Lance Stephenson. As a result, Arenas could provide the two with veteran leadership that could also boost their performances, however, only if he is mature enough to take on a teaching role.
The Milwaukee Bucks, who are still in playoff contention despite having lost center Andrew Bogut for the next two to three months with a fractured ankle, should also consider Arenas. With Bogut out, the Bucks will heavily rely on Brandon Jennings to score. Signing Arenas will not only help take some pressure off of Jennings, but might also help out Milwaukee's three-point shooting, good for 21st in the league. At the shooting guard position, Stephen Jackson and Mike Dunleavy, both respected three-point shooters, are shooting 29 and 26 percent respectively. The Bucks may be a man short, but if they do sign Arenas, look for 6-foot-10 big men Drew Gooden and Larry Sanders to be filling in for Bogut.
The Lakers make the most sense out of the three destinations mentioned, but no matter where he might go, it also makes sense for that team to sign him to a short-term deal just to see what they are getting out of someone who still presents a risk both playing-wise and personality-wise.