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Jamison, 35, is regarded as one of the NBA’s classiest players and best leaders. He knows time is running short to win a ring, but he’s embraced his new role.

“When I was here in D.C., we had a veteran team, a team that had a lot of high hopes,” Jamison said after the Cavaliers played Washington last month. “Unfortunately, with the injuries and outside distractions, we weren’t able to be as successful as we wanted. This is the situation since I’ve been in Cleveland, except for the first month or two. It’s a rebuilding stage. A lot of young guys are here, and we’re just trying to turn things back around.”

Wall occupies the locker Jamison used to have, and Jamison left something behind - a picture of the NBA championship trophy. Jamison smiled when told that Wall kept the picture where Jamison left it.

“He’s becoming a leader,” Jamison said of Wall. “You see him have more of a command when he’s on the court than last year, when he was still learning. He’s improved so much from last year. I think he and Kyrie are going to have epic battles for years to come. They are both great for the NBA.”

The fall of Agent Zero

The one-time leader of the Big Three, the enigmatic and polarizing “Agent Zero,” has had the most difficult road.

Arenas pleaded guilty to a charge of felony gun possession for bringing guns into the Wizards‘ locker room in December 2009, and served 30 days in a halfway house, and two years of supervised probation. Arenas also served a 50-game suspension from the NBA. The Wizards wasted no time in removing all traces of Arenas from the building.

When the team drafted Wall the following season, the organization moved quickly to make him the new face of the franchise, and Arenas‘ days in Washington were numbered.

Arenas seemed at first to have landed in an ideal spot when the Wizards dealt him to the Orlando Magic, a playoff-contending team, in December 2010.

But Arenas never quite fit into the Magic’s rotation, was not a favorite of coach Stan Van Gundy and soon was relegated to a third-string role. Three knee surgeries in three years finally had taken their toll on the three-time All-Star, and questions continued about Arenas‘ mental focus, stability and maturity.

Last December, Arenas found himself out of the league when the Magic used the amnesty provision to release him.

Arenas, 30, spent the next couple of months working out and trying to get back into the league. An audition with the Lakers just before the All-Star break went nowhere, but just after the trading deadline, the Memphis Grizzlies gave Arenas a workout and signed him to a veteran’s minimum deal, worth about $300,000 for the rest of the season.

It’s perhaps Arenas‘ last chance to salvage the rest of his career with an improving team that appears playoff-bound He has much to prove, to his critics and himself.

“When I look back on my career, besides a championship, I’ve done more than what people expected of me,” Arenas told the Memphis Commercial Appeal after signing his deal. “When I sit down and think about basketball, I’m back to just loving the game of basketball. I’m about playing it the right way. At this point in my career, I just want to be where someone wants me.”

Memphis does want Arenas, who is averaging 15.1 minutes and 6.0 points off the bench since his debut March 22. That’s a far cry from the heights the 10-year veteran achieved before everything fell apart in D.C.

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