It looks like former NBA All-Star guard Gilbert Arenas will be making his return to the Association in the “Land Of Elvis” as the “Memphis Commercial Appeal” reported Monday night, that according to their sources the Memphis Grizzlies are ready to offer the former Washington Wizards star a contract for the rest of the campaign. The veteran has yet to play in the NBA this season as his contract was bought out prior to the campaign by his former team the Orlando Magic, via the NBA Amnesty Clause.
According to the paper, Memphis envisions the ten-year veteran to be the primary back-up to starting point guard Mike Conley as well as give the club scoring depth off of the bench. Arenas has averaged 21.2 points and 5.4 assists per contest during his career.
The guard was a beloved sports hero in Washington D.C. and one of the most popular personalities in the NBA, when he threw it all away by making a stupid decision to bring guns into the Wizards locker room in December of 2009. Commissioner David Stern would end up suspending the veteran for the rest of the season and his reputation has never recovered.
Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins has made it very clear in the past that the rules apply to every player on the Memphis roster; as he demonstrated in a run-in with former All-Star guard Allen Iverson a couple of seasons ago. Iverson demanded to be a starter for the club and Hollins told the former star that nobody tells him how to coach the club. Iverson would soon have his bags packed and he was out the door heading to Philadelphia. If Arenas starts playing games; other than the one on the court he can expect the same treatment.