Gilbert Arenas Comeback May Start with LA Clippers' Training Camp

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistSeptember 17, 2013

Anybody remember that guy named Gilbert Arenas

According to HOOPSWORLD's Alex Kennedy, the Los Angeles Clippers do and are thinking about bringing in Agent Zero for training camp: 

If Arenas did get that invite, he'd have a chance to make the active roster and resume an NBA career that spiraled out of control rather quickly. In the span of just a few seasons, the guard went from averaging 28.4 points per game to losing his spot in the Association thanks to some problems with guns. 

Arenas and former teammate Javaris Crittenton had brought firearms into the Washington Wizards locker room, violating both NBA rules and—even more seriously—Washington D.C. restrictions.

The next month, he was suspended by the league after pretending to shoot his teammates during pregame warm-ups, and eventually legal troubles caught up to him. 

Since then, the former All-Star has played only 87 games, looking like just a shell of himself whenever he was out on the court. During the 2011-12 season—his final stint in the NBA—Arenas averaged only 4.2 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game on 40.6 percent shooting. 

But let's not forget what this superstar could do in his prime. 

NBC Sports' Kurt Helin will go so far as to call him one of the best scorers and most entertaining players of his age: 

Arenas is out of the NBA after a career that for a time had him as one of the best scorers and most entertaining players in the game. But it spiraled at the end and got ugly with a suspension for bringing a gun into the locker room. Arenas and the league have moved on.

But Helin is wrong about one thing.

Arenas hasn't moved on, and apparently the Clippers haven't either.

He's only 31 years old and won't turn 32 until the middle of the 2013-14 season. As a result, he should have some quality play left in the tank, but only if he can keep his head screwed on straight and receive an opportunity from a team. 

The Clippers are an intriguing fit for Arenas, simply because there would be absolutely no pressure on him to do anything. After acquiring Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick during the offseason, LAC is set in the three-point-shooting department, making Arenas a luxury item more than anything else. 

With the two aforementioned sharpshooters, Jamal Crawford, Willie Green, Chris Paul, Darren Colllison and Maalik Wayns all on the roster, he wouldn't get much playing time, but that's not the point.

At this stage, the goal is to get his foot in the door. 

Plus, CP3 and Doc Rivers are competitive veteran presences who would ensure that he stays out of trouble while attempting to hit the restart button his NBA career. 

Arenas would have his work cut out for him to make it past the training-camp stage, but it's still an upgrade over playing for the Shanghai Sharks, as the sharpshooter did during the 2012-13 season while averaging 20.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game on 50 percent shooting from the field. 

And it only helps his case that no one on the roster currently wears No. 0.