The Memphis Grizzlies are expected to sign veteran free-agent guard Gilbert Arenas to a contract for the remainder of the season, according to reports. Sam Amick of SI.com reported the news earlier Monday evening. However, Arenas still has to pass a team required physical before the signing can be made official.
The veteran guard, who last played for the Orlando Magic during the second part of last season, was amnestied before the start of this season. Gilbert is still getting paid the remaining money on his contract ($62 million) from Orlando while he has been searching for another opportunity. Since he has never really truly recovered from his three knee operations along with other personal issues, teams have been wary of adding Arenas this season.
The Grizzlies were looking into adding some depth to their roster for the remainder of the season as well as in the postseason. Memphis a roster opening after trading Sam Young to the Philadelphia 76ers earlier in the week for the draft rights to Ricky Sanchez and future considerations.
This move is a rather bold one as team chemistry seems to be really high right now. Bringing in a player like Arenas who has had issues in the past could destroy a locker room filled with young players.
As of this moment, signing Arenas this could end up either being a “great” move or a “bad” one for the Grizzlies.
Hopefully Arenas will come in and be a positive influence on a young team (as he may not have another opportunity) looking to go further in the postseason compared to last year.