Sunday , Jan , 29 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas?

The Los Angeles Lakers have expressed interest in Gilbert Arenas, according to sources close to the situation. The 30-year-old is an unrestricted free agent after being amnestied by the Orlando Magic last month. No signing is imminent, but the Lakers have reached out to the veteran point guard.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Try not to laugh.

The 11-9 Los Angeles Lakers are so desperate they’re entertaining thoughts of signing Gilbert Arenas, the controversial combo guard who couldn’t get off the Orlando Magic’s bench last year.

On the one hand, it’s good the Lakers recognize they must improve. The Western Conference is highly competitive, and the once mighty purple-and-gold aren’t so mighty, especially after losing Shannon Brown, coach Phil Jackson, and Lamar Odom. 

On the other hand, it’s scary that they think Arenas is the answer. The former All-Star hasn’t been a relevant player for some time.

Right now, the Lakers aren’t relevant, and adding Arenas reeks of desperation.

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