Sam Amico just wrote an article on this. Take it with a grain of salt. Hey, also, it mentions the Lakers wanted KG last year – I don’t remember that… In all seriousness, the article DOES CONFIRM THE LAKERS INQUIRED ABOUT ARTEST in a phone call.
Pro-Basketball News: A high-ranking Western Conference official familiar with the situation told Pro Basketball News that Sacramento forward Ron Artest “isn’t likely to be traded to the Lakers anytime soon,” despite a report in the Sacramento Bee that the teams may be trying to negotiate a deal.
According to the Bee, which cited a league source, “the Lakers have already contacted the Kings regarding Artest and are believed to be offering forward Lamar Odom.”
But the Western Conference source, who spoke to PBN on the condition of anonymity, said, “A lot of teams have contacted the Kings (about Artest) in the past few days. In fact, the Lakers are just one of about 27 or 28. And I can tell you right now that the Kings have little interest in obtaining solely Odom.”
The source added that any discussions between the Kings and Lakers were “strictly preliminary” and the Lakers were merely calling to “gauge (Kings general manager Geoff) Petrie’s thoughts” on a possible deal.
“The Kings aren’t entirely against moving Artest, even to the Lakers,” the source said. “But again, they’ve made it clear they’re not in the business of helping someone else with their title aspirations. They’re not Memphis (which traded Pau Gasol to L.A. midway through last season).”