Interesting stuff. Sounds like the Lakers will potentially make a move for Artest…
InsideSocal: The Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and Miami Heat are expected to be among the teams interested in obtaining Ron Artest from the Sacramento Kings once the NBA’s dead period ends July 9. Kings general manager Geoff Petrie figures to receive plenty of calls about Artest and his expiring $7.4 millon contract, according to the Sacramento Bee newspaper. No reason to think Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak won’t call, too.
And here is what the original article from the SacBee said:
SacBee: While there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Geoff Petrie intends to trade Ron Artest as soon as possible given Ron-Ron’s recent outburst and dissatisfaction with his contract situation, don’t expect anything to happen before the July 9th signing date. Petrie won’t make a move until Beno Udrih formally rejoins the Kings. But that doesn’t mean he hasn’t compiled a trade wish-list or begun entertaining offers. The same teams that were interested in Artest before he committed to the final year (and $7.4 million) of his contract continue to find him appealing, especially in light of his expiring contract. The Lakers, Miami Heat, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, among others, will be exchanging phone calls with in the near future.