Some “crazy news” – pun intended. The Lakers were interested in Artest earlier this season, but now, it looks like there is some liking on both sides. From today’s SacBee…
RealGM: Kobe Bryant has admitted that he wouldn’t mind playing alongside Artest, and there is a growing belief that the strong personalities of Bryant and Coach Phil Jackson could help keep Artest in line.
As a restricted free agent, Ron would have to take a pay cut to the projected midlevel exception of approximately $5.6 million.
A sign-and-trade doesn’t seem to make sense as the Lakers will likely be looking to unload a bad contract like Vladimir Radmanovic.