While their star Dwight Howard is the center of discussion, regarding a possible trade or move when he becomes a free agent, one of his teammates have been sent packing.
Orlando Magic guard Gilbert Arenas — once considered the franchise player of the Washington Wizards — has been waived by the team, as designated him as the team’s amnesty player.
Under the amnesty clause, which allows teams the opportunity to player contracts under certain conditions.
Arenas had over $62 million left on his contract through the 2013-14 season, making him a prime candidate for the provision.
The guard played in 70 games with both Washington and Orlando last season, recording some of the lowest averages in his career — 10.8 ppg., 3.9 apg, 2.7 rpg and 1.06 steals. His disappointing performance, most likely, helped the decision.
The Magic will pay all of the $62 million to Arenas, unless a team puts in a bid for him. However, the remaining money will come off the team’s salary-cap and luxury-tax totals immediately.
He was acquired by the Magic in December 2010, as part of a deal for Rashard Lewis. In 49 games with Orlando, Arenas averaged just 8.0 ppg, 3.2 apg and 2.4 rpg. Over his career, Arenas averages 21.2 ppg, 5.4 apg, 4.0 rpg and 1.63 steals.