NBA Rumors: Pros and Cons of Gilbert Arenas Possibly Going to Memphis

Tim KeeneyContributor IMarch 18, 2012

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Gilbert Arenas is close to signing a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.

According to Michael Lee of the Washington Post, the up-and-down point guard is in Memphis and set to have a private workout with the team on Monday.

The Memphis Grizzlies’ interest in possibly adding Gilbert Arenas is genuine, as the team plans to hold a private workout on Monday with the former Wizard. Arenas is actually in Memphis as the Wizards are set to take on the Grizzlies on Sunday at FedEx Forum—and staying at the same hotel as his former team.

If the Grizzlies do sign Arenas, it will be a move that will likely draw both praise and criticism, and rightfully so because the former Wizard comes with plenty of pros and cons.

Here's a look at what the 30-year-old would bring to Memphis.


Pro: Arenas is Still Talented

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Agent Zero may have only averaged eight points and 3.2 assists with the Magic last year, but he was playing very well with Washington before being traded.

In 21 games with the Wizards in 2010-11, Arenas was averaging 17.3 points and 5.6 assists while shooting 39 percent. OK, "very well" might be an overstatement, but Arenas can handle the ball and be a volume scorer when called upon.

As recent as 2010, Arenas was averaging over 22 points per game. You just don't find those types of players sitting around on free agency available for the veteran's minimum. 


Con: Arenas is Crazy

In 2009, Arenas got in a dispute with Javaris Crittenton over a card game. What followed was rather ridiculous.

Two days later, Arenas brought four guns to the locker room and set them in front of Crittenton's locker with a sign telling him to "PICK 1." Crittenton then took out his own gun.

Yeah, uh, that's probably not the type of player you want in your locker room, but maybe Arenas has learned his lesson. Or maybe he just really didn't get along with Crittenton.


Pro: Memphis Needs a Backup Point Guard

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After Mike Conley, the Grizzlies really don't have anyone to consistently jump into the point guard role. Jeremy Pargo was serviceable for a while and Josh Selby has played a little bit, but they won't get it done.

If Conley goes down in the playoffs, Pargo and Selby aren't good enough to lead this team against good teams.

The Grizzlies need a veteran backup point guard to cut down Conley's 36.5 minutes per game, and Arenas would be just that.


Con: The Grizzlies Already Have O.J Mayo

Gilbert Arenas would add some nice presence for this team's second unit, but he has a game similar to O.J. Mayo, Memphis' sixth man. 

Mayo can score in a hurry and in a variety of ways, but it takes him a lot of shots to do it. Arenas, well, he can score in a hurry, but it takes him a lot of shots to do it. 

Pairing Arenas and Mayo in the backcourt against opposing second units could be dominant, but the duo could also self-implode within minutes.