Monday , Jun , 11 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Washington Wizards Were ‘Expecting’ Gilbert Arenas To Opt Out

The Washington Wizards need to stop fronting … They can’t be comfortable with Arenas opting out of his contract next summer … After all, the Wiz must have forgotten how they got The Hibachi-the infamous coin toss … Washington can’t predict what their unpredictable superstar will do next summer and that’s a worry … Click here for this story …

The Associated Press reports that the were expecting to opt out of his contract:

The Washington Wizards are committed to keeping Gilbert Arenas on the team, even after the All-Star guard said he planned to opt out of his contract.

Arenas told The Washington Post and The Washington Times that he will get out of the six-year, $65 million contract he signed in 2003 and become a free agent.

"As a three-time All-Star and one of the league’s best players, we understand why a player of his stature would like to be compensated accordingly," Wizards president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement.

 "Gilbert has made a significant impact with his exploits on the court and a sincere connection with our fans and our community because of his compassion and generosity. Gilbert has said that his intention is to remain with our organization and we are committed to having him spend his entire career as a Washington Wizard."

My Take: Ernie Grunfeld, the Wizards front office executive, must have forgotten the infamous coin toss.

Let me remind you Mr. Grunfeld.

It was summer, 2003. Arenas, after winning the NBA’s most improved player award with the Golden State Warriors, was an unrestricted free agent.

He was a hot commodity.  Contract offers were pouring in. The Warriors had no cap space. They were out of the running.

The Los Angeles Clippers and Washington Wizards were both anting up 65 million dollars over six years.

Arenas couldn’t decide between the Clippers and Wizards. Instead of weighing the pros and cons of each situation, he settled the issue like any grown man making the most important decision of his life-he flipped a coin.

Yes, a coin. Washington won the toss and landed Arenas’ services.

So four years later, the Wizards can’t be comfortable with Arenas opting out of his contract.

What happens if Agent Zero gets a great offer from another team? How would he pick between this other franchise and the Wizards?

Arenas would probably roll some dice. Perhaps, he would hire a psychic. Or he may just settle the matter by challenging DeShawn Stevenson to another shooting contest on youtube.

Point being nothing is for sure when dealing  with Arenas and his Gilbertology. believes this situation could become a problem:

What happens if the Wizards struggle at the start of next year, and they aren’t much better than before by the time the trade deadline rolls around? What if they again lose in the first round of the playoffs? What if Gil reaggravates his injury, and the Wizards suffer without him? How can the Wizards front office possibly read his thoughts?

These are valid points. This issue could blow up on the Wizards and wreck the progress they’ve made over the last two seasons.

You do remember the Wizards before Arenas? Washington never made the playoffs. They fired His Airness and boasted about center Gheorghe Muresan starring in a movie with Billy Crystal called My Giant.

Arenas’ antics may be scary. Now imagine Washington without The Hibachi.

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