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Old 03-20-2008, 06:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Lakers & Clippers To Pursue Arenas This Summer

While the Clippers could finally add that star player that they've been desperate to add for years now, could you imagine the Lakers with Arenas? Gilbert, Kobe, Odom, Gasol and Bynum. WOW.

Originally Posted by Sam Amico
A high-ranking Western Conference executive with knowledge of the situation has told Pro Basketball News that both the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers plan to "strongly pursue" Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas this summer. Arenas is signed through 2009, but has said he will exercise the early termination option in his contract and become a free agent.

While the Wizards would be able to sign him to a longer deal than any other team (seven years compared to five), the source told PBN they may be hesitant to offer him the maximum contract -- mostly because they've managed to stay in the playoff race without him."They value (Caron) Butler and Antawn Jamison at least as much, probably more at this point," the source said. "They want to build the team around them.The source added, "That doesn't mean the Wizards will let Arenas walk for nothing. But if the Lakers and Clippers push for him as much as expected, it's likely to result in a sign-and-trade."
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