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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (CBSDC/AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have thrown a lifeline to the fledgling career of former Washington Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas.

On Tuesday afternoon the Grizzlies inked Arenas to a deal that runs through the end of the season.

The oft-injured free agent had not played since finishing last season with the Orlando Magic.

Arenas worked out for Memphis on Monday and will be used to backup point guard Mike Conley, who hasn’t had reliable relief all season.

The 30-year-old Arenas has averaged 21.2 points and 5.4 assists per game in his nine-year career, but is no longer an elite player due to knee injuries. The Magic traded the Washington Wizards for Arenas last season, but then waived him in December through the new amnesty clause so his contract wouldn’t count against the salary cap.

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