L.A. Lakers Must Avoid Toxic Gilbert Arenas to Keep Championship Dream Alive

The Los Angeles Lakers could add yet another big name to their roster in the near future, although Gilbert Arenas' name is much bigger than his game at this point.

And the chances of such a thing happening are as yet unknown. We really don't even know that much about the veracity of the rumor, which suggests Arenas might also end up with the Clippers. Sure, most rumors leave something to be desired, but Larry Brown Sports reports that this one came straight from an auto-mechanic who just happened to chat it up with Arenas: 

My mechanic tells someone who tells someone else who publishes the story on his basketball blog Hoops-Nation. From there, it ends up on a Lakers blog, and then our friends at Black Sports Online picked up on it, which is where I saw the story.

Like any rumor, take it with a grain of salt—or maybe even a teaspoon of salt this time.

After all, the Lakers have given Arenas a look before, so it wouldn't be entirely shocking if they did so again.

The team does have some depth behind Steve Nash at the point, at least to whatever extent you consider Steve Blake and Chris Duhon to be depth. But it doesn't have a guy who can shoot off the dribble and create his own offense.

In theory, that's the first thing Los Angeles would want in the game when Steve Nash is sitting.

So yes, you can make an argument for bringing in Gilbert Arenas. It will sound a lot like the very same argument for signing Leandro Barbosa. There's some merit to it.

But in this case, there are far more risks than rewards.

Before you even get to all that could go wrong, bear in mind that the Lakers really don't need more scorers. Sure, it would be nice to have that traditional sixth-man spark plug, but it's by no means essential.

If anything, it just means that head coach Mike Brown should try to leave either Kobe or Nash in the game at any gi...

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