Gilbert Arenas: NBA, Firearm Incident & More

Gilbert Arenas is a former NBA player from the United States. The NBA aspirant embarked on his NBA journey after being chosen as the Warriors’ 31st pick in the second round. 

Since then, his journey has seen highs and lows. Arenas is a three-time NBA All-Star and three-time All-NBA Team member, and the NBA’s Most Improved Player for the 2002–03 season.

The power forward was well known for his late-game shot-making skill and thus was nicknamed “Agent Zero.” Gibby played most of his NBA career with Washington Warrior and is known for his games for the Warriors.

But, his career started going downhill, and he was traded off to the Orlando Magic. He then played with Memphis Grizzlies and Shanghai Sharks before ending his twelve-year-old NBA career.

NBA player Gilbert Arenas
NBA player Gilbert Arenas (Source Wikipedia)

What happened to Gilbert Arenas? Why was he traded to Orlando Magic, and why did his career go downhill? Make sure to read to the end to figure it out.

Furthermore, this article will also look a little deeper into Gilbert Arenas‘s personal, financial, and lifestyle. But let’s quickly look at his facts before diving into the details.

Quick Facts

Full NameGilbert Jay Arenas Jr.
NameGilbert Arenas
NicknameAgent Zero
Date of BirthJanuary 6, 1982
Age40 years old
Birth PlaceTampa, Florida, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
EthnicityBlack
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Height6’4″ (1.93 m)
Weight215 lb (98 kg)
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorBrown
Father’s NameGilbert Arenas Sr
Mother’s NameMary Francis Robinson
SiblingsNone
High SchoolUlysses S. Grant High School
EducationDrop out
UniversityArizona University
Marital StatusDivorced
Ex-Wife Laura Govan
Marriage Year2002
ChildrenFour; Aloni Arenas, Izela Arenas, Hamiley Arenas, and Alijah Arenas
ProfessionFormer NBA Player
PositionPoint guard
Leagues  National Basketball Association (NBA)
NBA Draft31st overall choice in the second round of 2001 NBA Draft 
Debut Year 2001
Retirement2013
Playing Teams
  • Golden State Warriors (2001–2003)
  • Washington Wizards (2003–2010)
  • Orlando Magic (2010–2011)
  • Memphis Grizzlies (2012)
  • Shanghai Sharks (2012–2013)
Awards and Achievements
  • Three times NBA All-Star (2005–2007)
  • All-NBA Second Team (2007)
  • Two times All-NBA Third Team (2005, 2006)
  • NBA Most Improved Player (2003)
Net Worth  $40 million
Social MediaInstagram, Twitter. Facebook page
MerchBasketball Trading Card
Last Update July 2022

Gilbert Arenas | Early Life

On January 6, 1982, Gilbert Jay Arenas Jr. was born in Tampa, Florida, United States. He was born to Gilbert Arenas Sr. (father) and Mary Francis Robinson (mother).

Gilbert’s grandmother raised him as his mother abandoned him and his father. His father had no job, and they were homeless when they moved to LA. His mother had left Gilbert in foster care.

But fortunately, his father found him and left him with grandma until he settled down in California. His father then raised him and inspired him to play basketball.

Gilbert started playing basketball when he was twelve years old. Since then, he knew he wanted to be a basketball player, and his father supported his decision.

For education, he graduated from Ulysses S. Grant High School and is a university dropout of Arizona University.

Age, Height & Weight

Gilbert Arenas was born in 1982, making him [calculate years datestring=”01/06/1982″] years old. People born in January are Capricon.

Furthermore, Gilbert was born in Tampa, Florida, U.S, and identifies himself as an American of black ethnicity.

Also, Arenas is 6 ft 4 (1.93 m) tall and weighs around 215 lb (98 kg).

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Gilbert Arenas | Career

Arenas played for the University of Arizona’s men’s basketball team while attending the university. In his college year, Arenas was chosen first-team All-Pac-10 in 2001.

Furthermore, he helped Arizona reach the national championship game. However, Gilbert dropped out of college to join the 2001 NBA draft.

Professional Career

Gilbert Arenas joined the 2001 NBA draft and was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the 31st overall choice during the second round.

Shortly after his debut with the team, Arenas won the NBA Most Improved Player Award and was selected Most Valuable Player of the Rookie.

Gilbert Arenas playing for washington wizards
Gilbert Arenas is playing for the Washington Wizards (Source: The Spokesman-Review)

Gilbert then signed with Washington Wizards in 2003 and played for the team for seven years. He was a valuable addition to the Wizards and had his golden time playing for the Wizards.

Furthermore, he won several awards and recognition while playing for the Wizards.

In 2010, Washington Wizards traded him to Orlando Magic. Before retiring from the NBA, he briefly played with Memphis Grizzlies and Shanghai Sharks.

Gilbert Arenas Rule

Gilbert became a restricted free agent after the 2002–2003 season. He allegedly flipped a coin to choose between numerous clubs interested in signing him, including the Wizards, Warriors, and Los Angeles Clippers.

The Washington Wizards offered him a six-year, $60 million deal. Because they were above the salary limit and Arenas was a second-round selection, the Warriors could not match this offer.

If Arenas had been taken in the first round, the Warriors would have been able to match the offer sheet due to salary limit exclusions.

The “Gilbert Arenas Rule” was subsequently enacted to enable clubs to re-sign restricted free agents not selected in the first round. 

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Gilbert Arenas | Firearm Incident

On December 24, 2009, Gilbert Arenas acknowledged hiding unloaded weapons in his locker at Capital One Arena and handed them to club security. It was a considerable concern for the NBA as he was breaking NBA regulations and breaking D.C. statutes. 

In addition, Arenas and his teammate Javaris Crittenton were allegedly said to have fired weapons in the Wizards’ locker room after Christmas Eve. Later, on January 14, 2010, Arenas was charged with carrying a firearm without a license by the D.C. Metropolitan Police and the US Attorney’s office.

Arenas pled guilty to carrying an unlicensed firearm outside a house or business on January 15. Following the event, the NBA banned Arenas indefinitely without pay until their inquiry was completed.

On February 2, 2010, Arenas apologized for his conduct in an open editorial in The Washington Post.

On March 26, 2010, Gilbert was sentenced to two years of probation and 30 days in a halfway homes after being found guilty on all counts. He rejoined NBA for the 2010 season and changed his number from 0 to 9 for the new beginning.

Awards and Achievements

  • Three times NBA All-Star (2005–2007)
  • All-NBA Second Team (2007)
  • Two times All-NBA Third Team (2005, 2006)
  • NBA Most Improved Player (2003)
  • First-team All-Pac-10 (2001)
  • Pac-10 All-Freshman Team (2000)
  • Seven times NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week
  • NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for April 2002.
  • Cover Player of NBA Live
  • Weblog Award for Best Celebrity Blogger (2007)

Gilbert Arenas | Wife and Children

Arenas married reality star Laura Govan in 2002. They met when he was playing for Golden State Warriors. The couple instantly fell in love and got married. 

Additionally, the ex-couple is blessed with four children: Aloni Arenas, Izela Arenas, Hamiley Arenas, and Alijah Arenas.

However, things went downhill in their marriage, and they ended their marriage in January 2015.

But even after the divorce, things got nasty between them. Laura blamed Gilbert for not taking providing child support and cheating on her with her own sister. After a while, Laura was also blamed for cheating Gilbert with Shaquille O’Neal.

Social Media Presence 

Gilbert Arenas is active on social media and frequently posts about his personal and professional life there. You can follow him on his social media handles to know him better:

Net Worth and Salary

The net worth of Gilbert Arenas is estimated to be anywhere between $40 million. He earned the networth from his primary career as an NBA player.

Gilbert earned millions of dollars through his NBA contracts. He was paid $845,252 in his entry-level contract with Golden State Warriors. His last NBA contract with the Orlando Magic earned him around $22 million for the 2013/14 season, even though he did not play.

Apart from this, Arenas has earned handsome money from sponsorships and endorsements. He was paid $100,000 for the endorsement agreements during the 2013 session.

Gilbert Arenas sponsoring for the Adidas
Gilbert Arenas sponsoring the Adidas (Source: HuffPost)

In addition, he got a big endorsement deal from Adidas and became an endorser. Arenas have his own shoe line in Adidas, known as the Adidas Gil Zero, and his own Adidas TS Lightswitch brand.

However, after the gun incident in 2009, Adidas discontinued its endorsement with Arenas.

Arena also earns a good amount of money as a presenter on YouTube’s Complex News channel. Gilbert also has his own podcast, The No Chill Podcast, which is produced by his in-house production company, No Chill Productions.

Arenas is known to live a lavish lifestyle. He has million worth of assets and investments.  He sold his property in the Calabasas neighborhood for $3.35 million and Encino for $3.495 million.

Also, he sold his D.C. home for $2.5 million in 2014, where he resided while playing for the Washington Wizards. Along with lavish real estate, Arenas also owns a Mercedes and a Porsche. 

Gilbert Arenas | Charity

Gilbert Arenas founded the Zero 2 Hero Foundation to aid children by collecting cash for organizations that offer foster care, adoption, and child welfare services, as well as assisting the homeless.

He is well known for being actively involved in charity projects. In 2005, he donated $18,000 to the victims of the Katrina Hurricane. He also showed his support for Beyonce’s pre-concert food donation campaign in Washington, D.C., in 2007. 

Furthermore, he has contributed $348,150 to public schools in Washington as part of  Arenas’ Scores for Schools initiative.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the overall NBA statistics of Gilbert Arenas?

Gilbert Arenas played 552 games in his NBA career with an average of 3.9 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 5.3 assists, 0.2 blocks, and 20.7 points per game.

Overall, he has scored 11,402 points, 2,168 rebounds, and 2,909 assists.

How long was Gilbert Arenas suspended after the firearm incident?

Gilbert Arenas was suspended for one year for the remainder of the 2009-2010 season. He was later traded to Orlando Magic for the next season.

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