No jail for Gilbert Arenas

Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas will not be going to jail.

The NBA star was in court Friday for his sentencing from gun-related charges, and is probably fairly happy with the outcome.

According to reporter Mike Jones (formerly of the Washington Times), Arenas was sentenced to 30 days in a Halfway House, two years of supervised probation, 400 hours of community service, plus he must contribute $5,000 to a Victims of Violent Crimes fund.

More on this later today.

It remains to be seen whether Arenas will ever play again for his current Wizards team. He’s currently suspended by the NBA for the rest of the season, but it’s quite possible he’ll be back on the court with them in 2010-11. It’ll probably be tough for the Wizards to void his contract based on today’s legal results. They can try to do that, or attempt to trade him, or maybe just mend fences and try to put all this in the past and use him as they would any other player.

UPDATE: STATEMENT FROM WIZARDS

“We believe today’s sentencing of Gilbert Arenas can help bring closure to the unfortunate situation that has played out over the last three months.   Gilbert has admitted his mistakes and will now pay his debt to our community.  We are confident that he has learned something significant from the experience and we now look forward to moving on and focusing on building this team into the contender that our outstanding fans deserve.”