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Arenas: Wade Still Better Than Jazz Players From Gobert Trade

Aug 4, 2022, 3:06 PM
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Gilbert Arenas attempts to block the shot of Dwyane Wade (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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SALT LAKE CITY – Former NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas said that Dwyane Wade is still better today than the five players the Utah Jazz received in exchange for superstar center Rudy Gobert.

The Jazz part-owner posted an Instagram reel of himself on the basketball court spinning into a two-handed dunk while wearing the team’s new black, yellow, and white color scheme.

Wade called the workout, “A form of meditation for me nowadays,” in the caption for the video.

 

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After posting the video, Arenas offered Wade a compliment that read more like an insult to the five newest Jazzmen.

“He’s better then (sic) all the pieces u got back for rudy,” Arena replied.

While Arenas may have meant to applaud his former NBA competitor, it wasn’t exactly a glowing endorsement of the Jazz return for Gobert.

Wade, 40, retired from the NBA three years ago before joining the Jazz ownership group in 2021.

In addition to four future first-round picks and the right to swap picks in 2026, the Jazz acquired veterans Patrick Beverley, Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Leandro Bolmaro for Gobert. The rights to rookie Walker Kessler were also sent to the Jazz in the massive trade.

It’s worth noting Arenas never actually faced any of the five newest members of the Jazz, nor Gobert during his colorful 11-year NBA career.

The three-time All-Star worked his way from a second-round pick to one of the premiere scorers in the NBA, but injuries and off-the-court issues derailed the final five seasons of his career.

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