Gilbert Arenas Timeline

[GIlbert Arenas]
A history of the Wizard's 100-million dollar man.
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June 27: Drafted 31st overall (second round) by Golden State after two years with the University of Arizona.

Season: Makes 30 starts with the Warriors and ranks fourth in scoring, third in assists, third in steals and fourth in free throw and three-point shooting percentage amongst league rookies.

What he made: $332,817
Starts in 82 games, averges 18.3 points and was named NBA's most improved player.

What he made: $512,435
Aug. 8: Signs a six-year, $65 million contract as a restricted free agent with the Wizards.

Overall: Arenas starts in 52 games. Despite missing 27 games due to an abdominal injury, he leads the team in points and assists per game and finishes season with a four-point play and three triple-doubles. (13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Atlanta March 19; 21 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds against Chicago Feb. 26 and 25 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists against Dallas Nov. 5.)

Nov. 23: Strains a muscle during the end of a loss to the Seattle SuperSonics. The Wizards initially anticipates Arenas will be out only the final two days of a Western Conference trip, but he plays only twice in December and five times in Jaunary after problems linger.

What he made:
$8,533,333
Overall: Starts in 80 games, leads the team with 25.5 points per game and scores a total of 2,038 points.

Nov. 20: Earns Player of the Week Honors for the first time.

Feb. 20: Appears in his first all-star game, with Antawn Jamison, scoring seven points in 14 minutes off the bench.

May 4: Hits game-winner in Game 5 of the Wizards' first-round series against the Chicago Bulls, a turning point in Washington winning its first playoff series in 23 years.

What he made: $9,389,600
Overall: To date, this is Arenas's most productive season for the Wizards. He starts in 80 games and averages a career-high 29.3 points per game (fourth in the NBA).

Nov. 7, Feb. 6 and 13: Named Player of the Week.

Dec. 13: Misses one game against New Jersey, due to a lower back bruise.

Dec. 17: Scores franchise record 60 points in Los Angeles, his hometown, against the Lakers. In the Wizards' 147-141 overtime win, he sets an NBA record for points in a single overtime session with 16. During same trip, he scores 54 against the Phoenix Suns.

March 28: Arenas misses his only other game of the season, at Sacramento, due to flu-like symptoms.

Feb. 19: Appears in the All-Star Game, but is held to only one point.

What he made:
$10,243,200
Overall: Makes 73 starts in 74 games. Finishes third in the NBA in scoring (28.4 points per game).

Dec. 4 and 11, Jan. 1: Named Player of the Week, as well as Player of the Month for December.

Jan. 3: With seconds left, sinks a three-pointer to win against Milwaukee. He does the same thing on Jan. 15 to beat the Utah Jazz, a game in which he sets a Verizon Center record with 51 points.

February 18: Starts in the All-Star Game for the first time. Arenas scores 8 points.

April 4: Collides with Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace. Sits out the next day at Chicago.

April 5: Undergoes surgery on his left knee to repair meniscus torn in the April 4 collision. Misses the final eight games of the season and four playoff games.

What he made:
$11,096,800
Overall: In a year dotted with injuries, Arenas plays 13 regular-season games with only eight starts in the first eight games and an average of 14.6 points.

Oct. 17: In the days leading up to the regular season opener, Arenas has fluid drained from his repaired left knee.

Oct. 31: In the season opener, Arenas scores 34 points with three assists.

Nov. 7: Has fluid drained from his knee again.

Nov. 12: An MRI reveals no further damage to the left knee.

Nov. 16: Scores 27 points and notches eight assists at Minnesota, but unknowingly re-injures his knee.

Nov. 17, 20: Misses two games with soreness in his knee.

Nov. 21: Has another MRI, leading to surgery to repair a partial tear of his left medial meniscus and a microfracture on a non-weight-bearing surface defect on the side of his knee. He misses the next 67 games.

April 2, 2008: Returns to play against Mikwaukee and scores 17 points. He plays five more regular season games sits out the last two and then rejoins the team for four playoff games against the Cavaliers.



May 1: Misses Game 5 of the playoffs; the Wizards are eliminated in six games.

What he made:
$11,950,400
July 13: Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent, agreeing to a six-year, $111 million deal. Earlier in the summer, he had announced he would opt out of his final year if Antawn Jamison was not re-signed.

Sep. 18: Undergoes arthroscopic surgery on his left knee after soreness held him back during summer workouts and the leadup to camp. Points toward early December for a possible return, but quickly backtracks on his blog and points toward January.

Feb.: Arenas begins practicing with the Wizards again, but remains questionable for the rest of the season.

March 28: Makes season debut with eight games left in the regular season, recording a double-double against Detroit.

April 2: Plays second and final game of the season, posting 11 points and 10 assists in a win over the Cavaliers, but sits the rest of the year for precautionary reasons.

What he made:
$14,653,466
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