This is the latest on Ron Artest from Hoopsworld. I know we’re in the finals and nearly halfway there to making history, but this is an interesting article which mentions the Lakers. Ron-Ron a Laker?

Hoopsworld: It’s a little trickier with the Lakers considering the contracts they have committed to Vladimir Radmanovic and Luke Walton. Since neither has made a particularly high impact this season, LA may be open to the idea despite the financial repercussions.

Coach Phil Jackson has always been interested in Artest. Imagine the team currently playing in the NBA Finals with the addition of Artest along with the return of Andrew Bynum. Artest also has a strong relationship with both Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom.

  • Lakers 24 7

    RON RON TO L.A.
    leave radman buried on the bench

  • lakerschamps08

    yea i think if he stays out of trouble he will fit in.. i know daboss1848 does not want him but i think maybe phil can do something with him to make him better player and to focus as team basketball…
    go lakers…

  • lakerschamps08

    yea i think if he stays out of trouble he will fit in.. i know daboss1848 does not want him but i think maybe phil can do something with him to make him better player and to focus as team basketball…
    go lakers…

  • DCLAKER

    Help LAKERNATION BREAK THE BULLS RECORD OF 72,ARTEST!

    GET MAGGETTE OR PIETRUS OR AZUBUIKE AND NO ONE,AND I MEAN NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ONE BEATS US,4 IN ROW!!!

    WE WANT RON-RON,CLAP-CLAP-CLAP,CLAP,CLAP!

  • Banzai

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    you mean buried UNDER the bench lol….

  • Dave

    Ron Artest is going to be very very expensive, but I fully support the management in spending whatever amount of their own money they have to in order to make it happen.

  • David

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    Not as expensive as you may think. He did say he would play for New York for the MLE. He’s more about winning than money unlike Garnett.

  • LakersFirst

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    If Artest does opt-out, all the Lakers could offer him would be the MLE. This is because the Lakers will more than likely be over the salary cap next season.

    However, even though the Lakers could offer the MLE, because they would be over the salary cap, the MLE offered is actually MLE x 2 because the Lakers would have to pay a dollar for dollar luxury tax, and who knows if Buss wants to pay even more luxury tax then what he is already going to be paying.

  • gugy

    This series against Boston really shows how much we need D and Artest probably would shut down Pierce.
    I think he would be an amazing addition the the Lakers.

    Do it Mitch!

  • yellowpurplefever

    This is great news. We just need to find suiter for Space Vlad and Fluke. Salary combine = $12 mills. Did you all see the Best Damn Sport interview with Artest? That was for Mitch and Phil to view. We need Defense big time. Good luck tonight. Lets take game 6.

  • ShortDiezel

    i guarantee back to back to back championship for the lakers if they get rid of radmon and walton for artest

  • MILO

    yes dump fluke walton make room for Artest!!! sorry!

  • http://swishtheball.net andy or drew

    trade vlad luke mihm mbenga newble coby karl this years 2nd round pick and sun yue for some future first round picks

    sign artest pietris and posey

  • xtro

    He is the missing piece. Sign him and watch him stop Manu, Pierce and LeBron. GetArtest.com now!

  • LakersFirst

    Luke and Radman will be hard to trade because of their lengthy contracts. Luke has 5 years left and about $25M left. Radman has 3 years left and about $20M left.

  • DCLAKER

    andy or drew,I just shed a tear by reading your comment.Real Laker fans do think alike.

    Ok,I’m going on YOUTUBE and watch Artest,Pietrus,Azubuike,Posey,Green(ex-slam dunk champ)’til somebody brings some work,in other words,I’M FREAKIN’ BORED!

  • http://thelakernation.com mARVIN

    If we got Gasol for kwame we could get artest for mbenga……..lol.
    getartest.com

  • http://lakernation kauaimamba

    L.O for Artest.Hes shown in the playoffs he’s inconsistent.Going out to a club at midnight the night before any early flight to Boston for a must win game is bulls**t too.Ship him out.Bring in Artest and thats a wrap.Three-peat at least.

  • sk

    ARTEST in PURPLE n’ GOLD.

    wow.

  • kaynam24

    DO IT MITCH… WE NEED SOMEONE THATS TOUGH PHYSICALLY N MENTALLY OUT THERE….

  • lakers1fan

    GET ARTEST!!!!!!TRADE VLADE, LUKE, MIHM

  • Smush Walton

    I never really liked Ron Artest, but I’ve seen the light!

    GET ARTEST! and GET A QUALITY POINT GUARD!

    Lamar needs to be moved to the bench. His best years are behind him so if you have to use hium as trade bait then that is no big loss.

    Trade Smush Walton & VladRad, for two peanut vendors and a parking lot attendent if you have to, but get them OUT OF HERE!!! Our three biggest recent improvements were getting rid of Smush Parker, Kwame Brown and Brian Cook. Getting rid of Smush Walton And VladRad will also be huge improvements.

  • west213

    TRADE VLAD, LUKE, MIHM, NEWBLE……

    Get:

    Ron D Don

  • http://myspace.com/thaonlyrhom RD

    i would trade vladbad, fluke, ira who?ble, my pschiotris, and my left leg for ron artest! do it mitch! u have the power!

  • e

    id take him..at this point he is a great fit..perfect to stop opposing small forwards who continuously murder us

  • dub824

    i just read an article that claims ron artest said hes 99% sure he wont opt out.. so we’ll have to get him by trade if we go after him.. but wtf would we trade for him.. i doubt kings want luke and his long ass contract

  • thegamefas

    1st thing is to get RON ARTEST!! second is get RID OF fluke walton! THEN TRADE LAMAR ODOM plus fillers say luke walton and turiaf TO THE BULLS IN EXCHANGE FOR DREW GOODEN and HINRICH plus thaboo sefalosha