Washington - The Washington Wizards' regular season hasn't begun yet and already the team has fined Gilbert Arenas an undisclosed amount for faking an injury prior to Tuesday's preseason game against Atlanta.
Arenas, making his return to the Wizards following a felony conviction for bringing guns into the locker room last season, indicated prior to the Tuesday's game that he was nursing a sore left knee.
After the game, however, he told reporters he faked the injury in an effort to give teammate Nick Young more playing time. Young went on to score a team-high 24 points in a 107-92 victory, but the Wizards were not pleased with Arenas' actions.
"We've talked with him in front of the team and individually. We will fine him," said Wizards head coach Flip Saunders on Wednesday. "I'm disappointed personally because I believe in him. And now there's been a trust [issue]. I told him he has to be honest with me about all things. It's just like dealing with your kids. Your kids make mistakes. You deal with them, but it doesn't mean you love them any less."
Arenas missed Washington's final 50 games last season after pleading guilty in January to the charge of carrying a pistol in the District of Columbia without a license. He was sentenced to 30 days in a halfway house and two years probation in March.
He started in the backcourt with rookie John Wall in the Wizards' first three preseason games and averaged 13.7 points.