Gilbert Arenas details free agent’s decision to join Wizards

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Gilbert Arenas was one of the best young players to hit the market after the 2002-2003 NBA season. While a restricted free agent, the Golden State Warriors were over the salary cap and couldn’t match the offers. His options would boil down to the Washington Wizards and LA Clippers. Arenas recently detailed the thought process that led to him signing with the Wizards.

07/21/2003 – Gilbert Arenas signs a six-year, $65 million deal with the Wizards. The Warriors are unable to match the offer.

07/21/2003 – Gilbert Arenas signs a six-year, $65 million deal with the Wizards. The Warriors are unable to match the offer.

In a recent appearance on Vlad TV, Gilbert Arenas shared that he flipped a coin to decide between the Wizards and the Clippers. Despite the draw in favor of the Clippers, Arenas chose to go in the opposite direction:

“Okay, so when I went to wizards, I had never had a migraine in my life before. Going there, I was like ‘God, give me a sign if you don’t want me to come here ‘. Migraine. All the lights started hurting me. Like, I didn’t know what it was… So I was like, okay, let me flip a coin, it’s Clippers or Wizards. He landed on the Clippers.

out of the 10 times – landed on the Clippers like 7 or 8, right? And I’m like going against the grain. Migraine means don’t go here, coin says don’t go here, go there. So I’m going against the grain. Alright, so no matter what the sign said, I went the other way in hindsight.”

When asked what he thinks will happen if he chooses to sign with the Clippers, Arenas replied:

“I don’t think I would have become who I was destined to be as a player, no. It doesn’t matter if I got injured or not. My trajectory as a player, I don’t think because the Clippers don’t didn’t have the They didn’t have their own training gym, they didn’t have their own arena, did they? So that’s very important for someone trying to improve in the life.

When I can’t sleep, 11:00 a.m., 2:00 a.m., 3:00 a.m. I go to the gym… I drive to the gym, even though I get four or five shots before I get tired… They didn’t have that with the Clippers.

We’re playing tomorrow and I’m gonna come in and get shot, the fucking Laker game is on. I cannot enter this arena. You know what I mean? So it was all these blocks of just being awesome. So when you look at the greatness of the Clippers back then, there was no way they were great.”

Gilbert Arenas shouldn’t regret his decision to pick the Washington Wizards over the LA Clippers. When he doubted his game would grow with the Clippers, he flourished in Washington. He was a rising talent full of potential when he joined the Wizards. He quickly became one of the top scorers in the NBA.

Watch the full Gilbert Arenas appearance on VladTV below:

Gilbert Arenas recently detailed his suspension

During the 2009-2010 season, Gilbert Arenas was involved in a major controversy. News broke about an incident involving him and teammate Javaris Crittenton. The players reportedly fired guns at each other after an argument in the Wizards locker room.

Arenas recently opened up about how his conversation with former NBA commissioner David Stern led to his lengthy suspension. He was warned that he would lose his NBA contract if he tried to fight the suspension. With nearly $100 million remaining on his contract, Arenas realized it wasn’t worth the risk and accepted his punishment.

“If you fight me on this, I’ll take your NBA contract.”

Gilbert Arenas spoke with @ryenarussillo about his encounter with David Stern that ultimately led to his suspension in 2010 for smuggling weapons into the team’s locker room.

“If you fight me on this, I’ll take your NBA contract.” Gilbert Arenas spoke with @ryenarussillo about his encounter with David Stern that ultimately led to his suspension in 2010 for smuggling weapons into the team’s locker room.


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Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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