Saturday December 18, 2010 6:08 p.m.
By Frank Hanrahan
Gilbert Arenas is no longer a Washington Wizard.
The former all-star was dealt to the Orlando Magic for forward Rashard Lewis as part of a three way deal on Saturday.
Arenas went from the toast of the town five years ago with his buzzer-beating heroics to an overpaid under-performer following three knee surgeries to a criminal, serving 30 days in a halfway house for bringing guns into the Verizon Center locker room. It was going to be almost impossible for Arenas to reinvent himself in a place where he invented the 'Agent Zero' and 'hibachi' monikers.
With the team drafting guard John Wall, the writing was on the... wall for Arenas who was no longer the face of the franchise and would have to accept a secondary role. With Wall missing a lot of games due to injury, Arenas had been trying to be the man but unfortunately the quickness and outside shooting that made him un-guardable a few years back never returned and probably never will. He will be a good spot-up shooter in Orlando and should make teams pay for doubling down on Dwight Howard in the post.
For all parties involved, this trade was the best case scenario. Orlando gets another shooter to make defenses more honest and the Wizards get a big contract they can soon get rid of and clear a lot of salary cap space.
Arenas can finally get that fresh start that he so severely desired. The Wizards get Rashard Lewis with two years and 43 million dollars left on his deal after this season.
The rebuild has officially begun.