2011 Free Agency, NBA / Dec 19, 2011 / 12:30 pm

Gilbert Arenas’ Christmas List: Heat, Lakers, Knicks Or Dwight

Gilbert Arenas

Gilbert Arenas (photo. Tim Tadder)

The fact that Gilbert Arenas is still a free agent says a lot about the direction the NBA is headed. No longer does talent alone guarantee you a spot amongst the NBA’s elite – just ask Allen Iverson. So after clearing waivers, Arenas waits in limbo until a team brave enough takes a chance on the 29-year-old guard. And Santa‘s already received a letter with Gil’s preferred destinations.

According to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, if Arenas had his choice, he’d sign with the Heat, Lakers, Knicks or whichever team trades for Dwight Howard (because returning to the Magic isn’t in the cards).

Let’s quickly breakdown each situation:

Miami Heat
According to Stein, “Word is Arenas has established Miami as his East Coast base and would love to wind up there.” And who wouldn’t? While Miami was believed to prefer Davis to Arenas, only one is still available. While the Heat are high on rookie Norris Cole, backcourt depth and scoring in the second unit could make Arenas worth the risk in the eyes of Pat Riley.

Los Angeles Lakers
With Lamar Odom‘s departure and Pau Gasol‘s future in flux, the last thing the Lakers need is a headache from Arenas. While even Kobe Bryant can’t deny his talents, at this stage in the game, adding Hibachi to the already combustable mix that includes Metta World Peace and Matt Barnes could be too much.

New York Knicks
The Knicks announced today that they have signed Baron Davis, meaning the window for Arenas’ arrival has all but closed. And with Mike Bibby already in New York, along with an impressive preseason outing from rookie Iman Shumpert, it would be risky signing Arenas at this point.

Dwight Howard’s Future Team
Reports have surfaced that the Nets would sign Arenas if they’re able to trade for Howard, but there is no indication that a trade will happen any time soon. If that’s the case, Arenas may just have to keep up with Howard on Skype.

If I had to guess, Arenas would start the season without a new home. As we’ve already seen, injuries are likely to hit teams more with the condensed 66-game schedule, and if/when a backcourt is in need of a veteran guard who can still get buckets, Arenas will be ready to help out.

Who do you think will take a chance on Arenas?

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  • control

    Aren’t the gun laws in NY state very strict?

    Guy should sign in Phx. Their team trainers can get him into mint condition, Nash can make him look good, and it will completely resurrect his career.

  • thrillah

    Can’t believe how hard he’s fallen from the dominating seasons he had a few years back.

  • deagletime

    He should go to Phoenix… Its where old guards go to retire.

  • Shot In Ya Face

    PHX or maybe Memphis if they trade OJ Mayo for a big

  • http://www.dimemag.com Aron Phillips

    I agree that he would be great in PHX.

  • Dana Walker

    I say let him try LA. They need a point and Im sure he has earned Kobe’s respect with that 60 pt game he dropped on Kobe a few years back. Seriously, LA can’t hurt themselves anymore than they already have, Fisher needs to give up his starting spot anyway, Arenas is an upgrade over Fisher and lame duck Steve Blake so why not give it a shot for the vets min?

  • Adrian Zapata

    Karma sucks Gilbert

  • kyballer312

    NO WAY IN HELL Kobe let’s them sign Arenas…not a true PG so he wouldn’t be an “upgrade” from Fish…maybe as a scoring threat with the 2nd unit but him KB24 won’t work

  • jimmhummv

    Nyk, heat, lal … no. Gills talks to much and has a zany attitude. Cleveland? Spurs? Atlanta, milwalke? That’s more like it.