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altThe Memphis Grizzlies are ranked 29th in the NBA in three pointers made, leading to the actions taken by the organization on Monday. The Grizzlies attempted to remedy the aforementioned issue by working out a shooter, literally.  The Grizzlies are working on finalizing a contract for famed marksman Gilbert Arenas.  


Gilbert is famously known for taking guns into the Washington Wizards locker room, putting two of them on the table and asking teammate Javaris Crittendon to chose one when the pair got in an argument.


Before Arenas was the whack-job carrying guns, he was a quirky NBA star, affectionately known as "Agent Zero."  When he was Agent Zero he was filling up box scores and yelling HIBACHI after hitting big shots.  Agent Zero once averaged 29.3 ppg for the Wizards and has a career average of 21.2.  He is also a career 35.1 percent three point shooter, making more than two per game, He is a marksman with no fear of missing his target.


Arenas went from quirky to being a nuisance almost overnight.  After being suspended for his gun incident, Arenas returned to the starting lineup and during introductions he mimicked shooting guns with his hands.  The Wizards eventually turned sour on Gilbert and his attitude and shipped him to Orlando.  


With the Magic last season Arenas averaged 8.0 ppg and 3.2 apg in 21.8 mpg off the bench.  He was amnestied by the Magic before this season to rid them of his outrageously bad $20 million per year salary, and hasn't played for anyone this year.


Gilbert is no longer Agent Zero, but the Grizzlies have two glaring weaknesses on their roster, a backup point guard and three point shooting, Arenas could possible fill both those holes.  But on the other hand Arenas could be the final zany personality added to an already large cast of zany personalities that causes an internal implosion of the Grizzly lockerroom.  Memphis has former bad boy Zach Randolph-- who has turned himself around and is a big contributor to charities in Memphis-- former high school star O.J. Mayo-- who once pushed a referee for making a call against him in high school-- and Tony Allen, who blacked Mayo's eye once on a team flight after an argument over a card game.  Who really knows what will happen when you end up with this many ticking time-bombs in one locker room?  There are a handful of coaches in this league that could control this many headcases, and Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins is one of them.


Then again, if Gilbert buckles down and decides he wants to fit in with a team and solidify his comeback, their isn't a better team that fits his skill set.  Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley plays the 5th most minutes of any point guard in the league, 36.5 mpg, and Memphis' rookie reserve points, Josh Selby and Jeremy Pargo, aren't reaching their potential.  The Grizzlies are 13-5 in their last 18 games, and during that stretch the team has mostly used Mayo,  a shooting guard, at the backup point guard spot.  Arenas should be able to give Conley more rest without the Grizzlies performance slacking to a halt.  Also, Mayo is the only player on the team that makes one-plus threes per game, so Arenas could come in and easily be the second best outside threat on the team.


I'm not sure what to expect from Arenas once he's in a Grizzlies uniform, but this isn't the first time Memphis has signed a former star, see Allen Iverson.  I just hope, for the Grizzlies sake, that this saga turns out differently.


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