Last week we reported Tracy McGrady made the move to China to play ball, signing a one-year contract with the Quindao DoubleStar Eagles after failing to land a NBA deal this summer. Now it appears that Gilbert Arenas may be headed to the Far East to join the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) as well.
According to Yahoo! Sports, sources close to Arenas are saying the ex-NBA star is close to signing a one-year deal with the Guangdong Southern Tigers. Like McGrady, the 30 year-old Arenas worked out for several NBA teams this offseason, but couldn’t garner enough interest for a contract. Along with McGrady, Arenas is becoming part of a trend of NBA players moving to China in recent years, which includes Stephon Marbury, who has already won a CBA Championship and Yi Jainlian, who spent last season with Dallas, but who would be Arenas’ new teammate on the Tigers.
ESPN.com reported that Arenas began assessing the option of playing in China almost a month ago once he realized he would most likely not be part of a NBA team. One factor he took into consideration was that the short Chinese season, which ends in March, could allow for a return to the NBA if he impresses in the Far East.
The three-time NBA All-Star spent 11 seasons in the league and averaged 20.7 points per game during his career. Arenas spent last season with the Memphis Grizzlies, but only appeared in 17 games and averaged just 4.2 points per contest.
Arenas will hope to relaunch his career, much like Marbury, who scored 41 points for the Beijing Ducks in the championship-clinching fifth game of the CBA finals last season.