The 2012 NBA Trade deadline has officially passed, but some teams still need to add help for the upcoming playoff stretch. Gilbert Arenas is on the market, and there are some teams that should target him.
According to an interview that Arena did with Sport's Illustrated's Sam Amick, the former Orlando Magic player has shed 20 pounds, gotten his personal life straightened out and has worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers.
It appears that the man formerly known as "Agent Zero" is ready to make a return to the NBA. Here are five teams that should take a long look at bringing him in.
As SI's Sam Amick reported in that interview, Gilbert Arenas has worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers already this season.
While the Lakers did make themselves better by trading for Ramon Sessions and shipping out Derek Fisher, their bench still needs some work. That role would be a great one for Arenas, as it would give him an opportunity to prove that he can still be the potent offensive player he once was.
The Boston Celtics have one of the most veteran-laden locker rooms in the NBA. That is the type of environment Gilbert Arenas needs to be in to revive his career.
Plus, Boston did nothing to help themselves by the deadline, so they need someone who can come in and help them off the bench, but who will also come relatively cheaply.
Arenas can be that guy for the Celtics.
The Chicago Bulls need help on the perimeter offensively. Derrick Rose is required to do too much for their offense, and Richard Hamilton has been injured and unable to help carry the load.
How about a dose of Gilbert Arenas to help with that problem? I know this would never, ever happen, but I'd like to see it. The Bulls are another strong team that could point Arenas in the right direction with his career and also be helped offensively just by his presence on the court.
The offense run by the Phoenix Suns is perfect for Gilbert Arenas' skill set. He could come off the bench and even play with Steve Nash. It would be really entertaining to see him and Nash playing off of each other.
He probably wouldn't contend for anything in Phoenix, but it would give him a chance to really show what he could do. And you never know, he might help push Phoenix into a playoff spot.
Another team that should give Gilbert Arenas a look is the Dallas Mavericks. They have been hovering around the seventh or eighth spot in the Western Conference this season and could possibly find themselves on the outside looking in.
Arenas would add more scoring to bench that needs more of it. He and Jason Terry would be a nice duo to have, and I think Arenas is definitely a better scorer than Lamar Odom has been. Plus, if Dallas did do better with him, it would help him on his quest to play next season.