Gilbert Arenas may have to settle for a season in China according to a report by Marc Stein of ESPN.com.
Sources with knowledge of Arenas’ thinking told ESPN.com that the former All-Star is giving strong consideration to starting the season in China.
Arenas has spent the bulk of the offseason working out under the care of the trusted Joe Abunassar while dropping in on the occasional open gym at the Lakers’ or Clippers’ practice facilities and, by all accounts, looking good in those pickup games.
Arenas, a native of Los Angeles, has played in pickup games in the Lakers’ practice facility this week while hoping to land an offer from the Lakers or the Clippers.
The reality, though, is that Arenas — who turned 30 in January — knows he’s unlikely to command more than a veteran minimum deal at this point after appearing in just 17 games with Memphis last season.
If Arenas ends up playing in China, he might have to mend some fences after calling out Georgetown’s basketball team for getting “beat up” by members of the Chinese National team during last year’s exhibition tour. Arenas was less than flattering in his comments and Tweets following the brawl.