About 45 minutes before his first game with the Orlando Magic, Gilbert Arenas(notes) sat in the team’s locker room beaming.
“I’ve been doing a lot of smiling lately,” Arenas said.
Not even a 91-81 loss to the Atlanta Hawks could temper Arenas’ enthusiasm about his trade to the Magic. He leaves behind a franchise in Washington that’s in the throes of a rebuilding project, as well as the memories of a firearms violation that stained his career, not to mention his legal record. In return, he joins a team still intent on challenging for a championship – one that is also run by a general manager whom Arenas considers to be the “the only person that actually believed in me.”