Arenas has been out of a job since December when the Orlando Magic used their amnesty clause on him to get out of the remainder of his contract.
I’m surprised the Grizzles were the team that made the big play for the services of Mr. Arenas. I would have figured a team like the Heat or Lakers (a team with serious title hopes) would look to acquire Agent Zero.
But the Grizzlies? It seems like an odd fit.
I’m not downplaying the signing at all. Arenas still has some game left in him. Despite being 30 years of age and having undergone several knee surgeries, Gilbert can still help Memphis in the playoffs.
All of his past shenanigans need to be put to the side. I don’t care about his gun-related charges back when he was a Washington Wizard. Yes, he may be a little crazy, but I truly believe those incidents are behind him. The Grizzlies are the kind of franchise that can take in a guy like Arenas and keep him in check. If they did it with Zach Randolph, than they can do it with Agent Zero.
It was only two seasons ago that Gilbert was averaging 17.3 points a game for the Wizards. His job has always been to score a lot of points and provide offense. He does that pretty well if you ask me.
The Grizzlies can certainly use more offense. The team is ranked in the bottom half of the league in points per game at 95.7.
Starter Mike Conley has been pushed to the max this season averaging 36 minutes a game. Backup point guards Jeremy Pargo and Josh Selby have provided little to no relief for Conley all year. At this point, it’s pretty obvious that neither man can be trusted with substantial time on the court.
That’s where Arenas comes in. If Gilbert can provide the Grizzlies with 15-20 quality minutes every night, it will improve the team tremendously.
The only concern I have is that Arenas is anything but a pure point guard. He isn’t the kind of player that can set up teammates and dish out the ball at an effective rate. Playing alongside O.J Mayo off the bench will be like playing with a mirror image of themselves. Both guys need the ball in their hands and both guys have the constant urge to take the shot. If they can learn to work off of one another well enough that it doesn’t become an issue, than the Grizzlies secondary unit will be stronger for it.
GRADE FOR GRIZZLIES: B
Christopher Walder is a sports blogger and lead editor for Sir Charles in Charge. You may follow him on Twitter @WalderSports