UPDATE: It looks like Yahoo is also saying that the Lakers are front runners and Thomas’s contract is the only hold up. This trade could be closer to going down than we all think:
SI.com: The Lakers — who have dangled Lamar Odom — continue to be regarded as the favorites, with their willingness to swallow the remaining two years and $16.5 million of Kenny Thomas’s contract considered the only holdup.
Interesting little update from Hoopsworld. It seems all the teams interested in Artest will have to take on Thomas’s contract as well to land the former All-Star and DPOY. This is the holdup some will argue. Check it out:
Hoopsworld: The most likely destination mentioned for Artest according to league sources continues to be the Los Angeles Lakers. And if Thomas is ready to go, he could slide into the vacancy left by Ronny Turiaf if the Lakers opt not to match Golden State’s offer sheet.
A trade to the Lakers isn’t anywhere close to being a done deal yet, but it does appear both Artest and Thomas will be playing together in a city other than Sacramento next season.