After being out of the NBA for the first time since being drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 2001, guard, Gilbert Arenas who has been searching for an NBA team this entire 2011-12 NBA season has found one, the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Memphis Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced Tuesday (today) that Gilbert Arenas was officially the newest member of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Arenas played with three teams before joining the Grizzlies, the Golden State Warriors (2001-2003), the Washington Wizards (2003-2010), and the Orlando Magic (2010-2011) before waived on December 9, 2011.
Arenas who was voted most improved player in 2003, has been to three all-star games, including a career average of 21.2 points per game, 5.4 assists a game, 4.0 rebounds a game, and 1.6 steals a game.
The Memphis Grizzlies are coming off of a 97-92 win over the Washington Wizards and are currently second in the southwest with a record of 25-18, behind the first place, San Antonio Spurs who have a record of 29-14.
Overall in the Western Conference the Memphis Grizzlies are in fifth behind the Oklahoma City Thunder (34-11), the San Antonio Spurs (29-14), the Los Angeles Lakers (28-17), and the Los Angeles Clippers (26-18).
There has been no official word yet on what position Arenas will play, rather it will be point guard or shooting guard. However, it is clear that Arenas will most likely; barring any injuries from starters Mike Conley and Tony Allen will most likely come off the bench.
Arenas or any other player of the Grizzlies team has yet to publicly comment on the Arenas’ signing.
As for the Grizzlies they will start their four game road trip in Sacramento tonight where they will take on the 16-29 Kings. As for when Arenas is expected to suit up, that has yet to have been announced and with the Grizzlies starting their four game road trip in Sacramento tonight and traveling to Portland on Thursday, then to Los Angeles to face the Lakers and Clippers over the weekend, it would seem almost likely that Arenas would certainly join the team by then in Los Angeles at the latest.