Wizards Might Get Nothing From 0

. Jun 10, 2008

Back on May 7th in his blog this is what Gilbert Arenas had to say in respect to his future with the Washington Wizards:

"The future is the future. I want to be back in Washington, but weird things happen in free agency. If Antawn is not back, then there’s no point in me coming back because he’s part of my success, too. When you’re doing pick and roll with a player like him, they can’t double you, they can’t trap you because you have a pick and pop guy who can shoot the three at your four position. My success is because of him too. If he doesn’t come back, I’m not coming back.

I know everybody is focusing on whether I’m coming back, but I’m focusing on what he’s doing. If he doesn’t come back, then I’m not coming back.

We talked about it before, but I’m going to let him be his own man. At the end of the season, people don’t like the way the season ends and everyone is a little heated, so you know you have to give time for everybody and let everybody breathe first before you start talking about two months from now."

However, Arenas decided to opt out of the final year of his contract on Monday to test out the free agent market. Everybody has been expecting Arenas to eventually make this move forgoing the last year of his six year 65 million dollar contract in order to make more.

Arenas can begin negotiations with teams around the league as soon as July 1. It is the intention of president Ernie Grunfeld to re-sign both Arenas and Jamison.

It should be interesting to see what happens as there are a lot of people out their trying to change teams with Wade thinking about going to Chicago and Melo in talks with the Pistons. Also, Rasheed Wallace has been mentioned as somebody the Pistons would like to go trade away as they have been stuck in the Eastern Conference Finals for the last couple of years. The Wizards did pretty well this season without having Arenas as they played more like a team and perhaps their record would have been better if Caron Butler didn't get injured. The only problem is that they just didn't have the Go-To guy at the end of games, but perhaps Butler can eventually assume that role and may become the new poster child for the Wiz. Let's see how it all plays out, but for now it seems like the Wizards may get nothing from 0.