Gilbert Arenas reputation has fluctuated many times through out his 9 year career. In the beginning of his rookie season in Golden State, he wasn't regarded as much in the league. The next season, he got a starting role and began all 82 games. For his merits, he won the 2002=2003 Most Improved Player Award.
In free agency, Arenas joined the Wizards. In his second year with the team, he was having a break out season and was awarded a berth in the all-star game. Next year was even better, averaging a career average 29.3 ppg. He was among the elite of the league.
The season that followed was about the same as the last, logging slighly smaller numbers on the stat sheet. Arenas suffered a knee injury in the offseason and only played 13 games the whole next regular season and had a disappointing first round exit. He was still hurt the next season and only played 2 games. Arenas was having a good 2009-2010 season, but he was suspended by the league for the rest of the season.
He was of possession of an unloaded pistol in the Wizards' locker room.
Fans of the D.C area were shocked. No one had thought that Arenas was like that. People before that saw him as a nice, friendly guy. He was a fan favorite at the Verizon Center. He was Agent Zero.
As a punishment, Arenas was sentenced to 30 days in a halfway house. He admitted that he was guilty and was getting help. Arenas was released from the halfway house on May 7.
New Wizards' team owner Ted Leonsis stated "that he expected Arenas to be back next season with the team." That is a good sign for Arenas. He also decided to change his jersey number from 0 to 9. On the Wizards side of things, it's a whole different story.
Let the speculation begin.
Gilbert Arenas still has 4 years left on huge 6 yr/$111 deal. To make matters worse, he has only played 47 games over the last three seasons. It seems that this would be a piece of baggage that the team would want to get rid of.
Last month, the Wizards picked John Wall first overall. People still question if he would be able to play shooting guard. It would make sense as Arenas is more of a shooter and penetrator.
Even though it has been yet to be tested, Ted Leonsis stated that it would be a dangerous backcourt between the two guards. Leonsis seems that he doesn't want to trade Arenas and his massive contract.
I'm not buying it.
Many owners say that they want to keep players and then trade them. But for right now, all we can do is take Leonsis word. Even though the future of Gilbert Arenas is uncertain, one thing is definitely certain.
The old days of Agent Zero are over.
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