The Memphis Grizzlies’ interest in possibly adding Gilbert Arenas is genuine, as the team plans to hold a private workout on Monday with the former Wizard. Arenas is actually in Memphis as the Wizards are set to take on the Grizzlies on Sunday at FedEx Forum – and staying at the same hotel as his former team.
Arenas has been unemployed since before the season, when the Orlando Magic used the amnesty provision to purge the remaining $63 million on his contract from the salary cap. Since then, Arenas has been working out in Orlando and New York and waiting for a chance to get back in the league.
The Los Angeles Lakers brought Arenas in for a workout last month but didn’t sign him and the Grizzlies are looking to add a veteran point guard to back up Mike Conley. Memphis is currently fifth in the Western Conference and has 13 players under contract. The Grizzlies would reportedly look to add Arenas for the veteran’s minimum worth about $1.4 million for the rest of the season.
Arenas averaged a career-low 10.8 points on 36.6 percent shooting in 70 games with the Wizards and Magic last season. But he appears to be in good shape and feeling healthy after having a platelet rich plasma therapy on his surgically-repaired left knee a few months ago.
He has career averages of 21.2 points, 5.4 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 10 seasons and made three all-star appearances as a member of the Wizards from 2005-07.