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Report: Lakers interested in Gilbert Arenas?

Could the league's highest profile free agent wind up on the Lakers?

According to a report by's Ken Berger, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak may attend Gilbert Arenas' open workout in Los Angeles later this week.

Arenas is being paid more than $60 million the next three seasons by the Orlando Magic, but was amnestied by the team in the offseason. As a result, any team is free to sign Arenas.

The Knicks signed point guard Baron Davis under similar circumstances; he was amnestied by the Cavaliers, and New York signed him for $1.3 million.

Arenas was one of the game's premier point guards in the 2005-06 and '06-07 seasons, averaging 29.3 points and 28.4 points per game, respectively. However, his career has since been derailed by injuries and a 50-game suspension stemming from a locker-room incident with the Wizards in 2009.

Last season, Arenas played in 70 games for the Wizards and Magic; he started in just 16, and averaged 10.8 points per game and 3.9 assists per game, the worst numbers since his rookie season.

The Lakers are in desperate need of help at point guard; Kobe Bryant is the only player averaging more than four assists per game, aging starting point guard Derek Fisher has been awful from the floor (27.5 percent 3-point shooting) and inefficient as a floor general (3.9 assists per game), and Steve Blake has been out for 13 games with an injury.

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