It’s time for Gilbert Arenas to trade in his hibachi for a little dim sum.
The three-time All-Star guard and 11-year NBA veteran has failed to attract a suitor since the Memphis Grizzlies cut him loose at the end of last season. So rather than wait around for a team to come calling, the man formerly known as “Agent Zero” is heading to China.
Arenas is close to signing a one-year deal with the Guangdong Southern Tigers on Monday, according to a report from Yahoo’s Marc J. Spears.
The 30-year-old averaged 4.2 points and 1.1 assists in 17 games with the Grizzlies last season. He was suspended by the NBA for most of the 2009-10 season after he brought guns into the Washington Wizards’ locker room. The Wizards traded Arenas to Orlando the following season where he was waived last December under the amnesty clause.
Arenas will join former Washington Wizard Yi Jianlian with the Tigers. Stephon Marbury and Tracy McGrady are among a handful of other past-their-prime NBA stars who have traveled to China to keep playing professionally.