Should take Lakers take interest during the off-season? Sound-off in the comments and tell us what you think!

ESPN: Gilbert Arenas lived up to his word and opted out of the final year of his contract, the Washington Wizards said Monday.

The move had been long expected. Arenas has repeatedly said he would forgo the final year of his six-year, $65 million deal so that he could re-sign with the team for an even larger amount.

Arenas can begin negotiating with any team on July 1. While he has expressed a desire to remain with the Wizards, he has also said he won’t return unless the team also re-signs Antawn Jamison, who is also set to become a free agent.

Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld has said he wants to re-sign both Arenas and Jamison.

Arenas, a three-time All-Star, missed most of last season after two operations on his left knee. He has averaged 22.8 points,

  • magicbalala245

    i would love to see either agent zero in a purp and gold jersey or Baron Davis just do it Mitch :)

  • Zackloveslakers

    we can’t afford him!

  • Michael24

    yeah just do it u can do it

  • Karl

    Hah! The most the Lakers have to offer is the MLE, there’s no way Arenas would take that kind of money when he’s looking to get a max deal in his prime. Love Gil, but that is not even remotely a possibility.

  • e

    he’s a volume shooter…i dont know if its such a good idea…obviously there is no talk at all yet about him coming here..but im sure mitch will make the right decision

  • Thomas

    I think that the Lakers would be worse (hard to imagine that now) because Agent Zero lusts to score and we already have Kobe, Pau, Odom and soon to be Bynum. Naw…maybe sign him and trade him to another team for a reasonable group of players. Farmar and Fish are all we need to run the point and Agent Zero would need to learn the triangle and thats one of the hardest offences to run.

  • xxv112002

    Get Artest

  • http://www.otrbasketball.com/ lakersfan17

    no, the clippers will go after him. duh!

  • BIGAL

    Yeah, why don’t we add Lebron and Greg Oden as well!

  • LakersFirst

    The only way the Lakers could do this would be a sign and trade to make contracts match, but as someone mentioned earlier, the Lakers can’t afford him..

  • LakersAllDay

    way too expensive!

  • youknowwhatitis

    nope. lakers will most likely get artest at mle.

    imagine starting lineup:
    fisher
    bryant
    artest
    odom
    gasol

    bench:
    farmar
    vujacic
    ariza
    radmonovic
    bynum
    turiaf
    walton

    or

    fisher
    bryant
    odom
    gasol
    bynum

    bench:
    farmar
    vujacic
    artest
    ariza
    walton
    turiaf
    radmonovic

  • wallfishy

    If Arenas wants to win and would take less money, then there is an opportunity that he could become a laker. Other wise, we don’t need him.

  • Thuggishdeer

    He said he wants to TEST free agency, meaning whoever has the highest bid wins. meaning not LA. IM GOING TO GO OUT ON A LIMN AND SAY HE WILL PROBABLY GO TO THE CAVALEIRS WITH LEBRON OR TO THE CLIPPERS OR OR TO THE WARRIORS, WHERE HE CAN JACK UP AS MANY 3s AS HE WANTS.

  • http://www.deluxpro.com LakersTickets

    Is Zero is in town.. where will Sasha go? They both shoot too much !!! LOL

  • KING-BQ1981

    Trade Radman, Farmer GET Artes. We need tuff Defenders!!!!!!!

  • Smush Walton

    Our three biggest improvements this past year was getting rid of Smush Parker, Kwame Brown and Brian Cook.

    I’m looking for similar huge improvents after this season when we get rid of Smush Walton and Vlad. (And if pothead Lame-ar doesn’t wake up I’d give him the boot too.) After seeing the total lack of aggressiveness in the finals I’ve seen the light. We should sign ARTEST.

  • sK

    Imagine having Artest to guard Pierce right now. Wow that would really help our defense and he is an asset offensively as well.

    GetArtest.Com. !

  • T.A.

    WHY DO YOU ALL WANT TO GET ARTEST?????

    He’s horrible, nothing but a cancer to a team.

    what has he ever won?????

    you guys are idiots!

  • xtro

    Mr. T.A.,

    Winning wins all cures. If Ron Artest comes to play for L.A., he will behave because he wants to win a ring. Kobe and Phil will keep him in check much like what M.J. and Phil did to Dennis Rodman.

  • Keep Odom

    I would much rather see Jamison in a Lakers uniform. I have a feeling that Arenas and Kobe would not get along.

  • later show

    not bad, move kobe to sf and don’t extend LO.
    Use LO’s $ to sign Agent ) but I doubt that would happen.

  • DCLAKER

    HE AIN’T GOIN’ NOOOOOOOOOWHERE,AGAIN,STOP POSTING STUFF ABOUT ARENAS,PLEEEEEEEEEEEEASE(I LIVE IN WASHINGTON DC,REMEMBER)!!!

    Artest,Maggette and Pietrus(HELL,TJ FORD IS AVAILABLE)or whoever y’all feel would fit,LET THE DISCUSSION BEGIN!

  • http://getgasol.com getgasol

    We don’t need him. That doesn’t solve anything. We are fine with offense. We need defense. Get Artest instead.

  • http://getgasol.com getgasol

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    Hell no keep Farmar! He’s our best bench player besides Bynum!

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

    From Zero to Hero.

    Ok, ok… I’m focused on the finals right now haha.

  • True Lakers Fan

    get Arenas if we can or Artest I prefer Artest because of his D but then again when Andrew comes back we will b fine with him and Trever. I dont care either way! its ganna be one hell of an off-season

  • Sako

    It’s gonna be hard having 2 highly paid, high scorers on the same team, I’d rather get Artest.

  • vintij

    this is stupid, why even post pipe dreams like this. Sure its news but its not laker news at all. There is no way in H E L L that we can afford to extend Bynums contract, vujachic contrac, pay kobe 29 million, odom 15 million, gasol 14 million, radman 5 million, luke 4 million, and still have enough cap room to pay arenas his expected asking price of 20 million. You people are retarded. And no, we can not trade for him without giving up gasol, or odom and a role player. So stop dreaming, we have our team, no significant changes will be made for the next 5 years other than extending contracts.

  • http://lakers.com lakers_rise

    TRADE LUKE WALTON AND COBY CARL FOR ARTEST!!!!!!!!!!!

  • T.A.

    WE HAVE A GREAT YOUNG TEAM HERE!!

    we dont need anyone else

    sure we will tweak things a lil bit in the offseason but we dont need any other starters

    FISH, KOBE, LO, GASOL, BYNUM

    will destroy the NBA for the next 3-4 years

    what has arenas ever did anyway???

  • kPoAbUe

    Wizards should sign him and trade him for Fluke Vlad Lamar coby And first round picks. and sign artest orrr

    sign and trade Baron Davis for Luke vlad Lamar and coby and 1st round plus sign artest.

    lineup.

    Fisher
    Baron
    Kobe
    Pau
    Bymun

    with bench or
    farmar sasha artest turiaf sue yen Chris Trevor

    or
    Fisher
    Arenas
    Kobe
    Pau
    Bymun

    bench
    farmar sasha chris turiaf sue yen Trevor and artest

  • http://andrewbynum.com Russel Westbrook

    get me