Monday , Feb , 01 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Hughes: Gilbert Arenas Will Return to Wizards

An ugly divorce appears inevitable, with speculation that the Wizards would look into voiding Arenas’s contract, agree to a buyout on the rest of his six-year, $111-million contract or consumate a trade. But Larry Hughes, Arenas’s teammate for three of Arenas’s first four seasons in the league with Golden State and Washington, said he believes that Arenas will eventually wear a Wizards uniform again.

"Honestly I do," Hughes said before the Knicks played the Wizards on Saturday. "This is a special place. When you’ve played here and the city gets behind you, you realize what the fans want, what the city wants. I think he’ll come to realize that. I can see it."

Hughes is aware that the Wizards have removed most images of their former franchise player from the Verizon Center — including a large banner on Sixth Street — and that Arenas has expressed his displeasure with Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld. He said the hurt feelings would eventually heal.