WASHINGTON -- Gilbert Arenas is accepting less money from the Washington Wizards, invoking an attitude far, far removed from the world of his working-class fans.
"What can I do for my family with $127 million that I can't do with $111 million?" he told The Washington Post.
The unpredictable three-time All-Star point guard, in vintage Agent Zero fashion, told the Post and the
Washington Times on Thursday that he has agreed to re-sign for $111 million over six years, considerably less than the maximum deal he said the Wizards offered him when the free agency period began on Tuesday.
"I'm basically giving back $16 million," Arenas told the Washington Times. "This is in line with what I've been saying the whole time. You see players take max deals and they financially bind their teams. I don't wanna be one of those players and three years down the road your team is strapped and can't do anything about it."
Arenas became a free agent after opting out of the final year of his six-year, $65 million contract at the end of last season. He initially said he was opting out to receive a max contract, but he later indicated he would be flexible in negotiations.
Arenas' sacrifice for the good of the team is really very admirable. He wanted to have a good team next season so he "contributed" his share so that his team could pay for better players. He's really taking one for the team.
In today's greedy world, we seldom hear of stories like this and whenever we do, it's always the "small guy" who does the good deed: Taxi driver returning a bag left by a passenger or a sidewalk vendor returning a wallet full of money to its rightful owner. Whenever there are powerful people doing something good, rest assured that there will always be press people covering the event. We even see the name of the politicians, as well as their pictures in all of their projects, as if their constituents owe them anything.
I think the world needs more people who thinks of others before themselves. If we have more people like this, maybe most of the world's problems would become easier to solve, making life for everyone a lot more easier.