One of the things that bugs me about all the "trade Gilbert Arenas" talk nationally is that it's assumed any trade is a worthwhile trade to make. "Addition by subtraction," is the subtext, because people view Gilbert Arenas as a menace to everything that is good in life and freak out that John Wall will become evil merely by being in Arenas' presence.
Okay, I'm exaggerating a bit. But truthfully, I don't think I'm that far off. My general philosophy on this issue is that we honestly have no clue what kind of affect Arenas will have on Wall, positive or negative. The current predicament the Wizards and Arenas find themselves in is completely unprecedented. I am pretty sure that, regardless of what happens, even the worst-case scenario doesn't destroy John Wall. However, I'm also aware that a Wall-Arenas pairing isn't completely ideal, even though they have the potential to work relatively well together on the court.
So basically, I'm open to the idea that, sometime down the road, it'll be necessary to trade Arenas. To me, that time is not now, not when Arenas' trade value doesn't exist. But let's put that aside for a second. Let's assume that you're operating on the premise that Arenas does needs to be traded at some point. (If you're not operating on that premise, that's totally reasonable, and I agree to an extent, but this isn't the thread to debate whether Arenas should be traded sometime down the road).
Here's my question: what kind of hypothetical Gilbert Arenas trade is a productive one for the organization? Obviously, if your opinion is on the two ends of the spectrum here (i.e. "any trade" or "no trade"), say so, but I suspect many of you, like me, are somewhere in the middle. This is the place to think about what that middle ground is. Feel free to throw out specific trade ideas as a way to add to the discussion.