Friday , Jan , 15 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

Can Gilbert Arenas Play for Wizards Ever Again?

The differences between Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards may have reached the point of being irreconcilable regardless of the outcome of Friday’s proceedings in the criminal case against Arenas, according to people close to Arenas and the team’s management.

Multiple sources close to the criminal case have said Arenas will plead guilty in D.C. Superior Court on Friday to a single felony count of carrying a pistol without a license in exchange for avoiding jail time. Such a plea would not be enough to allow the Wizards to void the $80 million remaining on the six-year, $111 million contract Arenas signed with the team in July 2008, other sources said. Yet neither side may be interested in reviving the relationship if and when the NBA reinstates the three-time all-star guard, whom Commissioner David Stern suspended indefinitely Jan. 6.