Gilbert Arenas For Eddy Curry Rumors


Wizards Gilbert Arenas warms up in Washington

"You want ME to give this ball up to John Wall? No, siree." (source: Yardbarker.com)

No sooner had the Washington Wizards won the lottery, and the presumed rights to phenom PG John Wall, when the rumors started: current PG Gilbert Arenas is on his way out.  And where better than New York, the city of overpaying?  Heck, we even have a big contract of our own, Eddy Curry, so the trade makes perfect sense.  Well…. there are a few creaks in that proposition.

One, Eddy Curry technically isn’t on the Knicks’ team next year yet.  No, no, stop jumping for joy, there hasn’t been some new development.  The logistics of his contract is that it ends July 1st unless he opts-in (which we all know he will) and thus he can’t be traded until after that point.  So no draft-day trades for him.  Second, he makes around $10 million and Arenas around $16 mill, so the numbers don’t quite work.  But of course they can add another player or two to make it work.

Washington would looooove to do it.  After Arenas’ whole gun incident, they wanted nuthin’ more than to get rid of him.  However, they realized that with Isiah Thomas no longer a GM, no one would take on his remaining 4 years at $80+ million.  And suddenly they started saying how they would welcome him back with open arms.  But make no mistake, they proved they’re in full-blown remake mode by scuttling Antawn Jamison & Caron Butler.  They’d love to get young talent for Gilbert, but the next best thing is salary relief, which could be spelled E-d-d-y C-u-r-r-y, now that he’s coming in for his final year.

Wizards fans hold signs calling for Arenas to be released from suspension in Washington

Wiz management would love to do just that. (source: Yardbarker.com)

However, Donnie Walsh has done all this work to get low enough under the cap to sign TWO free max free agents.   Even if he could do the trade today, there’s no way would he go for Arenas and jeopardize that cap space.  The only way the trade happens is if after July 1st, when the free agency period begins, LeBron says he’ll come to New York but he wants Arenas there too.  However, until Arenas proves he can be the dominant force he once was, I don’t see LeBron calling for him.

Likewise, Walsh ain’t Isiah, he’s too smart to trade for a ball-dominating player who hasn’t yet shown that he’s fully recovered from injuries.  If it were to happen at all, most likely it would go down during next season.  That would enable Walsh to see if Arenas still has it, and similarly give Washington some time to see if perhaps Gil & John Wall can work as a dynamic duo.  Also, hopefully Walsh would be smart enough to hold out for a draft pick too if we’re gonna take this huge contract off the Wiz’s hands.

So take a deep breath.  This trade likely ain’t gonna happen.  And if it does, it won’t be for a while.

Tags: Antawn Jamison Caron Butler Donnie Walsh Eddy Curry Gilbert Arenas John Wall Washington Wizards

  • Chase Thomas

    This seriously has 0% chance of happening man.

    As much as we need a PG, it’s not going to be Arenas, and there is absolutely no way we get rid of Curry’s expiring.

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  • jose

    yo make that trade donny so you go after chris bosh and you have the starting lineup is gilbert areanas at the point and tmac shooting guard danilo at small foward and chris at power foward and david lee at center or leave tmac out and go after joe johnson cuase tmac is rusty

  • Chase Thomas

    We’re not resigning T-Mac, dude’s awful now and that lineup might be worse defensively then the Raptors.

  • Neil

    I actually don’t see how this trade makes any sense for the Knicks. Arenas is not even a point guard, and not only is considered toxic but injury–prone.
    I believe the Wizards would like to see if they can can some value in return, and if not, I assume they will be able to waive him, I assume there is some clause in his contract that nullifies the team’s financial commitment to him by breaking the law?
    Only if something like that happens I would see a team signing him to a veteran minimum a-la Latrell Sprewell.

    ESPN highlighted some scenarios that seem much more likely: http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/knicks/post/_/id/39/who-wants-eddy-curry

    • http://bucketsoverbroadway.com Alex David, aka Short White Boy

      Chase & Neil,

      Yes, the fact that the trade wouldn’t be smart was exactly my point. Neil, there is indeed a clause in Gilbert Arenas’ (and most NBA players’) contract that technically “could” allow them to nullify the contract, but there’s already been talk that it would be extremely tough to do, and the player’s union would engage in a lengthy lawsuit battle to prevent such a precedent. As a result, the Wiz have said that they aren’t going to pursue that path. So they’re stuck with him. Unless he comes back gangbusters next season.

      As for the other options ESPN listed, while Curry is a huge (no pun intended) chip, I doubt that Walsh would trade him BEFORE the free agency period begins. He wouldn’t risk, say acquiring Jose Calderon, only to find out that LeBron hates how Jose’s awful on defense. Or that Okafor has butter fingers. Instead, part of the pitch is that you present these possibilities to LeBron (or whoever) and say we’ve had discussions and we might be able to acquire one of these guys (like Calderon, Okafor, Andris Biedrins), do any of them appeal to you? Or even if the Knicks don’t get LeBron, they might wanna pursue Bosh while keeping David Lee, but that ain’t too practical if you’ve already traded for Okafor.

      Basically, making a big trade before the free agency period could seriously limit the team’s options. So Walsh will indeed call around to find out what’s available, but without a clear picture of the team’s future, it wouldn’t be prudent to trade for a long-term contract like those mentioned by Haberstroh. It’s a quick-fix grab for talent that’s more along the lines of how Isiah ran the team.