NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers Keeping Gilbert Arenas Option Open

Hunter Konsens@HunterKonsensCorrespondent IIFebruary 8, 2012

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According to NBA Insider Ken Berger of, the Los Angeles Lakers and GM Mitch Kupchak are open to attending Gilbert Arenas' workout.

Over the past few weeks, the Lakers have not specified on whether or not Gilbert Arenas was an option the team was going to pursue at point guard, but Kupchak taking more of an interest in the three-time All-Star is absolutely the right move.

After all, what does Kupchak have to lose?

Despite being an elite team in the Western Conference, there is no doubt that the Lakers have a plethora of weaknesses on the roster. From having one of the least effective bench units in the NBA to not possessing a reliable starting small forward, Kupchak and the Lakers have quite a few problems to sort out before they make a run at the championship come summer.

However, if there has been one key issue for the Lakers, it is their point-guard woes that have terrorized them for the last few years or so. The point-guard trio of Derek Fisher, Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris is just not getting the job done, and with Steve Blake's return date from a costochaondral fracture still weeks away, there is no doubt that Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak is searching for a starting point guard.

Many rumors have the Lakers connected to the likes of Cleveland's Ramon Sessions, Houston's Jonny Flynn and even Boston's Rajon Rondo.

But with limited enticing trading chips besides Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Kobe Bryant, who the team will be reluctant to give up, their starting point guard will probably have to come from the free-agent pool.

Besides Gilbert Arenas, however, there really aren't many suitable point guards on the open market. Despite Arenas being the best option, signing him would be anything but safe. This is the same guy who not only brought a gun into the Wizards locker room, but joked about the serious incident afterwards. Plus, "Agent Zero" has had a plethora of knee problems in the past and hasn't shown the same amount of athleticism and burst that made him an All-Star just a few years ago.

Arenas, who is 30 years old, was waived by the Orlando Magic just this offseason after posting up a mediocre eight points per game. Despite being one of the most talented prospects in the league just a few years ago, many NBA executives doubt if he has anything left in the tank.

But with no other options to turn to, the Los Angeles Lakers are keeping an open mind in hopes that the veteran Arenas will solve all of their point guard troubles.

Despite there being no specific time or date set, the workout will supposedly take place later this week. 

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