The New Jersey Nets will attempt to sign embattled guard Gilbert Arenas if they are able to make a trade for Dwight Howard, Chris Broussard of ESPN.com reports.
Howard, a three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, has reportedly requested a trade to New Jersey in order to team-up with All-Star point guard Deron Williams. If the Nets and the Orlando Magic are able to work out a deal to move the superstar big man, the Nets would also be interested in adding the services of Howard’s former teammate, Arenas.
It was reported late last week that the Magic intended to waive Arenas under the NBA’s new amnesty clause. Under the new collective bargaining agreement agreed on by the owners and players earlier this month, teams are allowed to waive one player from their team and remove that contract from their salary cap. Teams will now soon be allowed to place bids on Arenas during the amnesty waiver process. Arenas signed a six-year, $111 million deal with the Washington Wizards in 2008. At the time, the scoring point guard had averaged 25-points-or more per game for the past three seasons. However, a combination of knee injuries and a major suspension for bringing a gun in the Wizards clubhouse limited him to just 97 games played in a 328 game span since signing his deal.