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When Rashard Lewis was traded for point guard Gilbert Arenas right before last season's trade deadline, the idea was that Arenas would make the Magic better—not worse.
To say Arenas struggled during his time with the Magic last season would be an understatement. Arenas averaged a dismal 10.8 points and only 3.9 assists per contest despite being the highest paid player on the Orlando Magic roster making over $17 million in 2011.
So the question becomes: Can Gilbert Arenas turn things around next season?
It was reported by the Orlando Sentinel that the only thing General Manager Otis Smith wants is for Arenas to stay off the court for a bit during the offseason, something Arenas has been reluctant to do.
It's a good sign for the Magic organization that Arenas is so committed to becoming a productive player again, Otis Smith wants him to stay off the courts for a bit.
Gilbert Arenas only averaged 21 minutes per game with the Magic last season. But even Dwight Howard has come out in the offseason saying that Arenas should have played more minutes last season.
Magic fans have not seen Arenas given extended minutes for consecutive games, and it's possible that he could be the starter next year with Jameer Nelson being rumored to be involved in multiple trades.
Arenas will never be his All-Star self, but if Stan Van Gundy gives him the opportunity to run the offense, he can be a productive player again.