Gilbert Arenas Dodges Jail Time: Washington Wizards Thumped by D.C. Judge

Tom SmithCorrespondent IMarch 26, 2010

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Well, it seems everyone's favorite NBA clown gets a pass.

Gilbert Arenas was sentenced today to 30 days in a halfway house, 400 hours of community service, and 18 months probation for his "bad joke" of bringing guns into the Wizards locker room.

What he did not receive was jail time, despite the prosecutors in the case requesting a three-month sentence.

This is bad news if you're a Wizards fan.

About the only hope the Wizards had of successfully voiding this idiot's contract was for Arenas to be in jail when training camp started. By all rights, he should have been, but the judge thought differently.

What was the judge thinking?

He felt that since Arenas was a) really, really sorry, b) had lost millions in lost endorsements and lost salary, and c) has lost his cult status as a lovable goofball ("Hibachi!"), that he had already been punished enough. Phooey!

Okay, what does this mean for the Wizards?

Quite simply, it means that they are stuck with "Agent Zero."  As already mentioned, the contract can no longer be successfully voided; there's no way they will buy out the $80 million left on Arenas' contract. Good luck finding someone willing to trade for an expensive moron.

Nope, the Wiz are stuck with him. Yippie!

His remaining advocates, guaranteed to all be people who think basketball is an individual sport, will point to Gilbert's ability to "get you 20" as evidence that he's still a valuable person to have on your team.

What belies that is the simple truth that Gilbert is bad for a "team." Gilbert is about Gilbert while on a basketball court—nothing else.

Caron Butler and Antwan Jamison were given away with the hope of starting from scratch—with all of Gilbert's money going toward getting a decent free agent to start the rebuilding process.  

Arenas has always been overrated (a shoot-first point guard is not a point guard in my book)—the Wizards made an epic mistake in giving him his max contract in the first place—and now they have to try to rebuild their team of spare parts with Gilbert as their centerpiece?

Enjoy your 20-win seasons, Washington.