The Los Angeles Clippers' loss is China's gain.
According to HipHollywood, Gilbert Arenas plans to play in China for the 2013-14 season. Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy previously reported that the point guard may have received a training camp invite from the Clippers.
While on the "red carpet" for Laura Govan’s "birthday bash," however, Arenas said he has no intention of joining the Clippers and will instead play for the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).
Why on earth would Arenas choose the CBA over the NBA if there's a team willing to take another chance on him? Convenience, apparently.
"With China, I get to go and still play and then I can get back home and spend more time with the kids," Arenas told HipHollywood of the CBA's shorter season. "I get to be home in February and enjoy the family, I don’t need the NBA money, I have enough of it. Now it’s about spending time with the family and the kids."
Somewhere, Latrell Sprewell is wondering how Arenas plans to feed that family of his.
Well, wonder no more, Spree. Arenas earned well over $140 million during his 11 years in the Association. When he says he's not hurting for money, I'm inclined to believe him.
We've got to take his familiarity with the CBA into consideration as well. Arenas played in China last year, where he averaged over 20 points per game. Over there, he has the potential to be the star he used to be in the NBA, kind of like Stephon Marbury.
No longer in need of the "NBA money," Arenas is free to chase championships and notoriety overseas.
Let's not forget he's probably not leaving that much money on the table either, if he's missing out on any green at all. At 31 and having not played in the NBA since 2011-12, it's unlikely Arenas would earn more than the veteran's minimum anyway. It's not as if he's walking away from eight figures annually.
Still, credit Arenas for making the decision that's best for his family. Pat him on the back for (apparently) managing his fortune much better than Sprewell, too.