Lakers Rumors: Gilbert Arenas Would Be Fantastic Addition for L.A.

Eric Ball@@BigLeagueEballFeatured ColumnistMay 23, 2012

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The Los Angeles Lakers need to revamp their bench, and they don’t have a ton of money to spend.

That means the options are going to be limited, which is why Gilbert Arenas is a terrific option. ESPN’s Chris Palmer reports that Agent Zero is on the Lakers' radar:

Last note: Don't rule out Gilbert Arenas to the Lakers, sources say.

— chris palmer (@ESPNChrisPalmer) May 22, 2012

Arenas flirted with the Lakers last season, and eventually conducted a private workout with the team before signing with Memphis.

Yes, I’m aware that Arenas scored a grand total of one bucket during the Memphis Grizzles' postseason run, and only played 12.4 minutes during the regular season. His 4.2 points per gamearen’t going to scare anybody.

But this guy still has something left in the tank and is a perfect fit for the Lakers' system.

He is still only 30 years old, and the further away he gets from his knee surgeries, the stronger his legs become. While another surgery could always pop up, it seems as if his limited amount of playing time has done wonders to keep him healthy.

He may not have the lift in his vertical leap or the quick first step of years past, but he is still a very cerebral player that made 33 percent of his three-point shots this season, which tied Matt Barnes and beat Kobe Bryant (30.3) and Metta World Peace (29.6) during the regular season.

Inserting Agent Zero into the second unit and placing him in the corner to be a spot-up shooter is a sound solution for an aspect of the team that needs some serious improvement. What makes him even more valuable is his 31 games of postseason experience. Just ask Ramon Sessions how vital that can be.

The icing on the cake is the price tag of Agent Zero. He will likely only cost the veteran's minimum, making him as risk-free as it gets in the NBA.

With Kobe, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol all owed over $15 million next season, a clear need to upgrade the point guard position and little financial flexibility, unless the Lakers make a blockbuster trade, Arenas is the best option to fill a glaring need with the Lakers.

The Los Angeles native needs to come home. 

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