Friday , May , 09 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Ernie Grunfeld Plans to Keep Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison

Grunfeld put a positive spin on Arenas’s statement, via his blog, that he won’t return unless the Wizards retain Jamison, who is an unrestricted free agent.

"It’s good because we’re on the same page, because we want to sign Antawn and we want to sign Gilbert," Grunfeld said. "I kind of like that he’s supportive of his teammate, he’s supportive of Antawn and that’s been our plan all along. So, I’m glad to see everybody in the organization on the same page."

Teams can begin negotiating with free agents on July 1. Arenas, who has said that he plans to opt out of the final year of his contract in order to become an unrestricted free agent, has until that day to file the necessary paperwork with the league. [Washington Post]