Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak held a private workout for Gilbert Arenas on Sunday.
This being L.A. and the Lakers, ESPN reports that the workout occurred at the Bel Air home of Steven Jackson, the L.A. Gear sneaker man.
Arenas looked “slimmed down” and “explosive,” sources told Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, at the workout, which was held on Jackson’s private court — a replica of the Lakers’ Staples Center floor. (It’s good to be the L.A. Gear sneaker king.)
Although Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnaroski reports that “sources familiar with the workout said Arenas moved well and made a positive impression,” a signing was not imminent and Arenas returned to his Orlando home on Sunday night. Arenas, who was waived under the NBA’s amnesty clause during preseason, would be an expensive fix for the Lakers. With the $62 million he is owed over the next three years off the Magic’s salary cap, the Lakers could sign him for the veteran’s minimum, about $1.4 million. Over his career, Arenas has averaged 21.2 points, 5.4 assists and 4 rebounds, but managed just 8, 3.2 and 2.4 in one season with the Magic.
He recently underwent the same blood-spinning procedure on his knees that Kobe Bryant had and is only 30. Bryant, according to CBS Sports.com, has approved the addition of Arenas. But would he be a good fit with the Lakers? Can he be a productive player again?