Citing an anonymous source, Wojnarowski’s is reporting that whatever verbal agreements were made last week have essentially fallen apart as there are considerable differences over salary. Guangdong is also calling into question Arenas’ physical condition. But, according to a NiuBBall.com source who confirmed Wojnarowski’s report, there’s another issue as well: Guangdong’s insistence that Arenas has an in-China try-out before any contract is made official. With question marks not only over Arenas’ health, but his ability to adapt to China life altogether, Guangdong management is remaining leery at handing over large amounts of guaranteed money without first knowing exactly what they’re paying for.
In an interview with posted this afternoon by Sina Sports, Arenas was quoted saying he is preparing to come to China to play with Guangdong. The piece also states that he is willing to undergo a try-out with the team, although Arenas is not quoted as saying such during the actual interview. Earlier today, on Gilbert Arenas’ recently opened Sina Weibo account, the former All-Star wrote: “Packed and ready to go to China! Can’t wait to meet my coaches and teammates and reunite with my buddy Yi for a Championship run.” This afternoon, he directed a Weibo at Yi Jianlian, saying: “Hey buddy, I’m coming!”
Guangdong is actively searching for a free-agent NBA guard to sign as a replacement for Arenas, sources said. Guangdong’s roster includes former NBA lottery pick, Yi Jianlian. Arenas has considered getting on a flight to China on Tuesday or Wednesday, but is currently in Los Angeles.
Arenas and Guangdong reached a verbal agreement, but have now hit an impasse over completing a signed contract. The snags may ultimately keep Arenas from joining Guangdong for the upcoming CBA season, sources said. Guangdong and Arenas have had disagreements over a payment schedule, and the organization has started to have increasing questions over Arenas’ fitness to make an impact in the league.