Sources are reporting today that point guard Gilbert Arenas has signed with the Memphis Grizzlies after being amnestied by the Magic for this entire season. He is reportedly set to receive $300,000 for the rest of the season.
The Grizzlies really needed a decent PG to backup Mike Conley, who is the only real standout at the position. No offense to Josh Selby and Jeremy Pargo, but they just are not good enough to really lead the offense.
This Memphis team is very dangerous, so adding Arenas further improves their team dynamic. The Grizzlies are ranked 23rd in offensive efficiency, which is simply not good enough if they want to make a deep run into the playoffs.
Arenas has had some recent down years which contributed to the Magic eventually cutting him. Don't count him out just yet, though. When he was on the Washington Wizards two years ago, he was a very good player.
Some telling stats of his past efficiency would be his 22 PPG in 2010 and how he has always averaged at least three APG in his career. Clearly, Arenas is still a talented player. It is just his personal problems that scared off a lot of teams.
Many of us remember the infamous locker room incident where Arenas placed four guns on a teammates locker chair after a card game disagreement. Many wonder if Arenas is able to put his old ways behind him.
His offensive prowess is already known, but what about his defensive skills? Have no fear Grizzlies fans, for Arenas fits perfectly into their defense. He is a fast moving, aggressive ball-hawk that likes to steal and force turnovers. He is a very good match for Memphis.
Is the Arenas signing good for the Grizzlies?
While some fans might not be willing to take a risk on him, I see no problem with it. After all, it isn't as though the Grizzlies are paying him a multimillion dollar deal. If he shows that he can't be a serviceable backup, they can cut him.
As for his personal issues, I also don't see how that could affect the Grizzlies too much. You are talking about a team that has reigned in troublemaker Zach Randolph and still managed to blend together after a fight between teammates O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen. That fight was also over a card game (what is with these guys and card games?).
Assuming that Arenas can be at least halfway effective, the Grizzlies are put in a great position. Randolph has returned from injury just in time to help the team go on a late-season streak. Assuming that Conley, Gay, Gasol, Randolph and Mayo (Yes, I admit it, I am a believer in him now) don't sustain serious injuries, Memphis is looking real good for the playoffs.
Adding Arenas to that equation just makes it even better.