After Steve Nash suffered a fracture in his left leg on Halloween, the Lakers contacted Gilbert Arenas, according to Arenas himself. The former Wizard told hupu.com (English translation via HoopsHype) that Lakers assistant coach Eddie Jordan, who used to coach Arenas in Washington, told him that Los Angeles had interest in him. However, Arenas indicated that he'd like to try playing in China, where he recently signed with the Shanghai Sharks.
While it may seem as if playing for the Lakers would be a more desirable opportunity than heading overseas, there's no guarantee that L.A. would have been willing to offer Arenas a guaranteed contract, or any type of contract, for that matter. Additionally, the 30-year-old will receive significantly more playing time for the Sharks, and should still have the opportunity to return to the NBA later this season, when the CBA season ends.
The Lakers also displayed some interest in Arenas last season in their search for backcourt help — the former All-Star worked out for the Lakers, but eventually signed with the Grizzlies.