So apparently the Wizards may be buying out Gilbert Arenas. I know, I know, we don't want another controversial, potentially franchise-killing scandal, especially from our point guard, but hear me out.
Washington owes Arenas around $80 million more over the next four years. Apparently buying him out will be easier than just seeking to void out his contract based on a personal conduct violation, or else why would they consider doing it that way? If they buy him out, they'll probably get away with paying him (and this is a complete guess) between $50 and $60 million of the $80 they owe him. With that kind of scratch, combined with the fact that Arenas has literally zero market value, wouldn't Arenas be willing to play for a stupidly low deal? I mean, if he was given a clean slate with a new franchise that could offer him a starting PG spot, wouldn't he have to consider playing for the veteran's exception? Even if that was too low, isn't the mid-level exception a fair price for him?
Think about it. Arenas at no more than $5.75 million, if he plays at a level that's even close to what he was doing before his suspension (23 ppg/7 apg)...isn't that worth it, considering the fact that the Pacers have very few other options at PG? If they could get him at the veteran's exception, with the understanding that after a one year contract free of controversy, he'd be re-signed next summer to a long-term deal, they could free up even more money for a mid level exception deal for a guy like Mike Miller, Josh Howard or Luis Scola, or they could just save their money for next year. Most importantly, it doesn't force the Pacers into using their #10 pick in a trade to bring in another PG. They could draft a prospect, or use the pick in a trade for Andre Igoudala. A starting five of Arenas, Igoudala, Granger, Hansbrough (or Udoh/Monroe, if they managed to keep their pick) and Hibbert would be both young and ready to compete.