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Gilbert Arenas Playing Hoops in Halfway House?

Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)
Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)

ROCKVILLE, Md. (CBS/AP) Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas might be playing hoops again, this time from his new home - a halfway house in Montgomery County.

The NBA star arrived Sunday evening to begin his 30-day sentence for bringing guns into his team's locker room.

Arenas will have access to a basketball hoop outside and be able to watch cable TV including his team's basketball games in a community room, according to the Washington Post.

After pleading guilty to a felony gun charge in January, Arenas received two years of probation, a $5,000 fine and 400 hours of community service and 30 days in a halfway house. Corrections officials in Montgomery County agreed to let him serve his sentence at Montgomery's "Pre-Release Center", as part of an agreement with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

Two days prior to entering the halfway house, he spent time at the Montgomery County jail for medical screening and classification.

The Washington Post reports residents at the house perform community service during the day. Stefan LoBuglio, chief of Montgomery's "Pre-Release Center," said if residents don't return from their jobs or community service responsibilities that officials can seek felony charges for up to 10 years in prison.

Arenas is suspended until the end of the season by the NBA.

Fellow teammate Andray Blatche looked forward to Arenas' return. "Gil's going to come back next season humble," Blatche said. "We miss him and we can't wait to have him back."