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Agent Zero could be left with nothing


Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas, currently serving an indefinite suspension from the NBA, keeps his head down as he arrives to face felony gun charges at the District of Columbia Superior Courthouse in Washington January 15, 2010.Gilbert Arenas’ guilty plea on Friday to felony gun possession could allow the Washington Wizards to complete their Arenas purge and rid themselves of the remaining $80 million owed to ‘Agent Zero’.

Due to a standard morals clause in NBA contracts, the Wizards may have grounds to void the remainder of the six-year, $111 million contract Arenas signed in the summer of 2008.

Termination of his contract will not be cut and dried, however, even with a conviction.

“(Washington) can attempt to take any action they want, but if it contradicts or violates the collective bargaining agreement, then we will litigate over that,” Billy Hunter, the NBA Players Association executive director said.

Arenas under fire for gun incident


Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas is introduced before the team's NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Washington, March 28, 2009. It was Arenas's first game back after a lengthy knee injury rehab. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstAlthough it is not exactly clear what transpired between Washington Wizards guards Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton last month at the Verizon Center, we do know Arenas brought four unloaded handguns from his home to his locker and in a “misguided effort to play a joke on a teammate,” Arenas took the weapons out of his locker.

According to a statement released by his lawyers, Arenas voluntarily met with federal prosecutors and detectives of the Metropolitan Police Department on Monday to explain why he had firearms inside the team’s locker room.