NBA Rumors: LA Lakers Must Take a Chance on Gilbert Arenas

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IFebruary 2, 2012

LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 16:  Gilbert Arenas #0 of the Washington Wizards drives past Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a game at Staples Center on December 16, 2005 in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers won 97-91.  NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Lakers desperately need a breath of fresh air in their backcourt if they want to contend for a championship this season. This is why they need to explore signing Gilbert Arenas, and soon.

After Kobe Bryant, this team truly has no talented guards on the roster.

Steve Blake, who has only appeared in 12 contests and may miss an extended period of time, is the second-leading scoring guard with a mere 7.3 points per game.

Derek Fisher is 37 years old and always seems two steps behind the man he is supposed to be defending. He's got almost nothing left in the tank on offense either. 

Darius Morris is a rookie second-round pick who has not done anything of note and has had his playing time cut significantly since the year started. Andrew Goudelock was taken in the second round as a well and is averaging just 4.0 points per game.

Say what you will about Arenas, he is only 30 years old and looked promising at the start of the 2010-11 campaign. The mercurial guard is just five years removed from a 29.3 points, 6.1 assists, 3.5 rebounds and two steals per game season.

Gil has hit a rough patch lately, but he was an All-Star guard just a few short years ago.
Gil has hit a rough patch lately, but he was an All-Star guard just a few short years ago.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Lakers will never win a championship with Kobe being the only player who can make anything happen in the backcourt, and especially not when No. 24 is shooting over 24 times per game.

LA knows this too, which is why coach Mike Brown confirmed his team has inquired about the former Washington Wizards and Orlando Magic star, according to Brian Kamenetzky of ESPN Los Angeles.

Speaking on Arenas, the coach said:

We've made a call on (him), yes, we've called to see what his status is. That's it.

He continued, attempting to cover his tracks.

I have not talked to him, I have not watched any tape on him. It's really just conversation; we've had conversation about a lot of players. There are a ton of players out there that we've had conversation about.

It just makes sense for LA to sign Arenas, who would be playing in his hometown. He may still have the ability to becomes a dynamic scorer and can easily help take some of the load off of Kobe if he returns to form.

If the former “Agent Zero” does not have the same magic that made him a three-time All-Star and All-NBA player, he could still be a valuable reserve with veteran experience on a cheap contract.

And if he turns out to still possess the talent that made him a star, he could become the starting point guard the Lakers so desperately need.