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Report: Gilbert Arenas close to signing contract to play in China

Oct 22, 2012, 2:06 PM EST

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Since being amnestied by the Orlando Magic before the start of last season, Gilbert Arenas has been trying to make his way back into the league.

He finally caught on with the Memphis Grizzlies near the end of the season, making 17 regular season appearances and averaging only 4.2 points in 12.4 minutes a game. In the playoffs he played a total of 23 minutes, scoring a grand total of 4 points in the process.

It’s no surprise that after such a lackluster showing, Arenas still has not found an NBA team to employ him. So, he looks to be moving on to play in China. This according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports:

Free agent guard Gilbert Arenas is close to signing a one-year deal in China with the Guandong Southern Tigers, a source told Yahoo! Sports.

China has been a popular destination for NBA players over the years, especially for aging veterans with name recognition. Stephon Marbury has carved out a nice second stage of his career in China. Recently, Tracy McGrady retired from the NBA but noted that he’d be moving on to continue playing in Chinese Basketball Association. Arenas looks to be next.

It may be a far cry from the days where he was lighting up teams for 60 points and screaming “hibachi!” after made baskets but I refuse to treat this as a bad thing for Arenas. Playing basketball is a finite profession. You only have so many years in you before you can’t do it anymore for a living. If Arenas wants to continue to chase his dream as a professional baller, whether that’s in the states or two continents away, good for him.

  1. paleihe - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Man, after all those knee injuries, just wasn’t the same player. Wish he could get it back, but it’s not likely.

    Best of luck to you Gil. Miss watching you play.

  2. dysraw1 - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    i feel bad for dude, but in all honesty he played hisself

  3. jtmmack - Oct 22, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Later Hibachi you will never be back.

  4. badintent - Oct 23, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    He will have some good duels with Starbury. I’d love to have court side seats in that game. But he better not say any Japanese words ( hibachi) on the court, they send people to prison in China for saying that.Big time politics now between those two countries with anti-Japan biz riots in China last month.

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