Some more answers on Arenas

Michael Lee

Gilbert Arenas’s guilty plea on Friday to felony possession of a
firearm has left the franchise in flux between now and his sentencing
on March 26. The Washington Wizards will probably look like a
completely different team, with President Ernie Grunfeld still moving
forward with his plans to make some moves before the Feb. 18 trade
deadline. The only problem is that Grunfeld has received terrible
offers from other teams hoping to raid the coffers for a pittance. So
he could hold on for a while to see how the team plays with Mike Miller

The victories over Sacramento and Portland have been good for morale during the past month, but the Wizards can no longer use the inferior Eastern Conference as a crutch for continued poor play. Teams in the East are slowly getting better while the Wizards find themselves 4 ½ games out of the playoffs, which would require a magical run over the next few weeks. And this tumultuous season has been completely void of any magic, other than the black kind.

The Wizards have continued the process of "not phasing Gilbert out" by removing his pictures from the media room, including the photograph from his buzzer-beater against Utah on MLK Day 2007 that greeted people upon their entrance. Arenas’s photographs still can be found in the halls just outside the locker room, and along the wall just outside the practice court.

There are several questions surrounding Arenas and the Wizards as the next few weeks play out, so I decided to take on a few:

Q: Can the Wizards void Arenas’s deal?
A: That has been the sexy speculation over the past few weeks, but that would be a difficult proposition if Arenas does not receive jail time. If Arenas does get jail time, they might have a stronger case under Clause 16 of the NBA’s Uniform Player Contract, which allows teams to terminate a deal if a player would "at any time, fail, refuse, or neglect to conform his personal conduct to standards of good citizenship, good moral character (defined here to mean not engaging in acts of moral turpitude, whether or not such acts would constitute a crime), and good sportsmanship…"

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