NBA Rumors: Ranking Gilbert Arenas' Top Destinations, from Worst to Best Fit

Dan Favale@@danfavaleFeatured ColumnistDecember 19, 2011

NBA Rumors: Ranking Gilbert Arenas' Top Destinations, from Worst to Best Fit

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    Surprise, surprise, Gilbert Arenas has a wish list of teams that he would like to sign with.

    Arenas is no longer a superstar but is apparently in a position to dictate which teams will have an opportunity to land his inconsistent services. According to Marc Stein of, the teams that are at the top of his list are the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Miami Heat and any team that trades for Dwight Howard.

    The troubled point guard was once one of the most prolific two-way players in the game. Now, however, it is unclear if he can even make a substantial impact on any team he plays for.

    For Arenas to succeed, he needs to walk into the best situation possible. Which team on his wish-list can offer that?

    Let's take a look.

Los Angeles Lakers

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    The Lakers essentially appear on Gilbert Arenas' wish list twice.

    Arenas named Los Angeles as a team he would like to play for, but we can also put them in the category of teams that could land Dwight Howard. Regardless of the circumstances though, the Lakers are not a good fit.

    Los Angeles has a clear need for an upgrade at the point guard position, but they need a clear one, not an uncertain one. Arenas may be an upgrade over Fisher, but not by much.

    Additionally, Arenas has not proved he is capable of directing a star-studded offense that currently consists of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. While it is not implausible to think that he could, he needs to walk into a situation where he would not be depended upon so much.

    The Lakers are not that situation.

New York Knicks

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    With the addition of Baron Davis, the Knicks are perhaps the most interesting fit on Arenas' wish list, yet they are far from the best.

    New York already boast the likes of Toney Douglas, Iman Shumpert, Landry Fields, Mike Bibby and now Davis, so Arenas would be joining a jam-packed backcourt party. While the numerous backcourt players allow the Knicks to play Arenas at either the 1 or the 2, it is unclear how many minutes he would actually be able to get.

    Additionally, New York has already attempted to combine two point guards in the backcourt once before in Steve Francis and Stephon Marbury, and that didn't pan out so well.

    Tyson Chandler brought the Knicks one step closer to championship contention, but at this juncture, especially after the addition of Davis, the same cannot be said for Arenas.

Miami Heat

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    The Heat are almost in the same position as the Lakers, except that both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade can handle the point guard duties if needed.

    Miami, just like Los Angeles only more so, has plenty of stars to satisfy. Can Arenas handle that pressure? He would become the immediate starting point guard, which is a gamble for the Heat's offense to say the least.

    If Miami had a proven point guard that Arenas could back up off the bench, it would be a different story, but the fact is the Heat need a floor general that can improve their chances of obtaining an NBA title.

    That being said, James and Wade can make almost any situation work, and they do not need Arenas to be much of playmaker. Arenas would only need to protect the ball and dump it off in one of the stars' hands.

    And that is a duty he may be fit for.

New Jersey Nets

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    Arenas wants to sign with any team who lands Howard, and the New Jersey Nets are rapidly becoming the favorites to do just that.

    The Orlando Magic are in no rush to trade their star center, but the team's inability to make a substantial move suggests that their stance will have to change. And once it does, the Nets, not the Lakers, will be the team engaged in the most serious of discussions.

    With Deron Williams on board, there is little pressure in New Jersey for Arenas. He can take the reigns when Williams heads to the bench and can even get some minutes at the 2-guard spot. 

    Additionally, if the Nets do land Howard, Arenas is already somewhat familiar with how to play alongside him, and that's a bonus. 

    The Nets, especially if they land Howard, are by far the best fit for Arenas.


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