Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Wizards Should Be Wary in Re-Signing Gilbert Arenas

The start of the NBA free-agency period is upon us and the Washington Wizards have started things off by throwing out some serious money. The Wizards have reportedly resigned Antawn Jamison with a 4-year $50 million contract. Jamison averaged 20 ppg and 8 rpg last season as the Wizards leading scorer and team co-captain.

This serves a greater purpose however, because Gilbert Arenas has publicly said that he would not resign without longtime friend Jamison to play with next year. With Jamison now in place it has been released that the Wizards are prepared to offer Gilbert Arenas a 6-year $100 million contract!

When I look at this it blows my mind a bit. The Wizards are starting off the free-agent period by dropping $150 million on two players!? I have no problem with what Jamison is getting really because he is extremely reliable player. But $100 million to a Gilbert Arenas with a bum knee? It seems risky if you ask me.

If you're going to drop that kind of money on 2 players you better know you have what it takes to win or atleast contend for a championship. Look at the Boston Celtics. What do they have? They have star/marquee players. So do a lot of teams. They also play great defense. We all know that Gilbert Arenas is a below-average defender.

All i'm saying is that he's not a good defender, and his knee is a bit of a question mark. What makes the Wizards think that signing Arenas to that kind of money is going to make them any better? They're basically bidding with themselves in this situation because they're one of 3 or 4 teams that have enough money to sign Arenas for what he wants right now and they obviously have the most interest. But what makes them think that this Arenas can help them get past the Cavs in the playoffs!?

All I'm saying, I guess, is that seems to be a lot of money for a PG with a bum knee and a mouth that never closes. I think it will be really interesting to see what the Wizards will think of this contract in 3 years. I mean for real, that's 100 million Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers!

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