SacBee Rumor: Lakers make contact for Artest

If true. What are your thoughts on this? Sound-off…

Sacramento Bee: According to a league source, the Lakers already have contacted the Kings regarding Artest and are believed to be offering forward Lamar Odom. As of Tuesday evening, the Kings had not returned the call.

They are expected to insist on forward Kenny Thomas and his $18 million of remaining salary (over two seasons) being included in that potential trade. Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie declined comment on whether the Lakers had called.

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  • daboss1849

    Isn’t this the same rumor as yesterday???

  • xtro

    Do it Mitch! Pull the trigger.

  • Motown

    I’d like to get Artest, but would be much more interested if we could do something different that didn’t have to take on Thomas.

  • Short Diezel

    DO IT!!!!

    I GUARANTEE A CHAMPIONSHIP

    FISH
    KOBE
    ARTEST
    PAU
    BYNUM

    WHAT!!!!

    FARMAR
    SASHA
    ARIZA
    RADMON
    MIHM

    WHAT!!!

    DYNASTY

  • STF2010

    No we need LO, if we want artest we need him with Lo and Kobe so that they can be stronger as they are friends, Go Blazers!!!!!!!

  • True Lakers Fan

    do it fuckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkas

  • Michael_23

    I was wondering if we can take Shariff Abdur Rahim but was shocked at his stats. 1.7 ppg last season? What??? This player used to be pretty good. Now he’s like a bench filler. His career pts are like 17 ppg.

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

    An update on yesterday’s rumor.

    We’ll see…

  • Michael_23

    ESPN Trade Machine worked with LO for Artest and Kevin Martin. LoL.

    … Like that’s gonna happen.

    We wont need Sasha if Kevin Martin comes in.

  • ph33shy

    if lakers do this trade they could resign odom right when he becomes a free agent right?> like his contract is almost done o.O

  • ph33shy
  • http://LAKERNATION VICENTE ROVIRA

    LO IS WHACK. BRING ON ARTEST!!!! KENNY THOMAS IS ALL RIGHT TOO!!

  • Bartlascasas

    If we could unload Walton and LO for Artest and Thomas, we would be stronger, bigger and tougher plus Artest can shoot from range better than Walton and LO. If we could unload Radmonovic, find someone who can dribble and get Posey, we would be set for World Championships for 3 years.

  • ek

    I personally don’t believe this will go down. I think this is nothing more than a rumor. This deal will not go through…trust me fella’s!

  • DCLAKER

    Rumor,won’t happen.

    KEEP LO!

  • Smush Walton

    We’ll take Kenny Thomas if they will take one of our pieces of garbage (i.e., either Smush Walton or Vlad Moronovich).

  • kb24bestever

    Mitch please dont do this because you going to regret it keep lamar and if he doesnt help we could trade him in mid season or we could let him walk away and we would have cap space.
    so dont do anything you could regret because you have to remember he is a free agent next year.

  • west213

    MAN KEEP LO HE PLAYS WELL WITH GASOL…..ARTEST WILL NEVER BE A GOOD PASSER AND A PERSON THAT CAN HANDLE THE BALL LIKE LO.

    AND IF U GUYS R WORRIED ABOUT THE DEFENSE…REMEMBER BYNUM IS COMING BACK NEXT YEAR!!!!!!!

  • http://lakernation kauaimamba

    We need a solid jump shooter at the SF position to spread the floor.We all know LO cant hit the side of a barn.Artest,Posey,Ariza at the three.LO aint gonna cut it.

  • gugy

    Do it, but do not take KT.

    Sorry Odom, you are brilliant at times and at times completely lost like PJ said. Tired of waiting for your all star season.

    Is there a way we can dump the 3 stooges Vlad, Luke and Minh?

  • lskerfan567

    STOP WITH THE RON ARTEST, get a good role player who is used to being overshadowed and his humble(for those who need help the player i’m talking bout is TAYSHUAN PRINCE)

  • Short Diezel

    Why do people keep saying LO has great ball handling skills? He does NOT.. he can only drive to his left and has no outside shot.. he misses layups too!! defense? mediocre to say the best.. he takes unnecessary fouls

    Artest has the whole package.. he can play 3 positions.. is consistent on offense and defense.. high intensity.. crashes the boards.. mediocre free throw shooter.. sure he may have a couple of screws loose, but he will take the Lakers to the next level, and LO has proven he can NOT

    best case scenario.. we get Artest straight up for LO.. if LO, loves the Lakers that much he can resign with them next season for MLE

  • lskerfan567

    [Comment ID #44556 Will Be Quoted Here]

    THANK YOU FOR POINTING OUT THE OBUIOUS TO THESE PPL WHO WATCH TOO MUCH ESPN

    AND WHY HAVN’T WE WON TITLETOWN YET?????????????

    L A WON LIKE 1,000 TITLES ISNT THT THE POINT OF TITLETOWN

  • Mike
  • marky

    keep LO, trade walton and vlade for artest or don’t trade at all.

  • xtro

    do it mitch!!! for god’s sakes!

  • KING BQ

    KEEP LO, goddammit!!! Get rid off Walton & Radman

  • lakerschamps08

    i think the picture of artest says it all… LIKE WATTTTTTTTT…LOL
    ok this trade could happen rite.. lets say we win the ship… then artest gonna be a free agent and he WILL LEAVE unless we give him 10+ million..while if we keep LO, he will take less money now if artest will sign a 4 or 5 yr deal that does not give him 10+ million a yr yea then get him now but with artest u never know….soo idk watever we c wat happens

  • http://youtube.com/MvpGoesToKobe LakersNewDynasty08

    please keep LO

  • DCLAKER

    Tayshaun Prince is another guy I would take “IF” I had to trade LO,Shawn Marion also.Only those 2.

  • laker-nate

    artest will destroy our chemisty…keep LO, bynum comn back ppl, quit worrying about defense

  • http://www.ballerblogger.com Brandon Hoffman

    The Lakers should pursue Artest through a trade or free agency because:

    Artest is a defensive force. He’s one of a handful of players(Kobe, Duncan, KG) that can dominate a game on both ends. Four seasons ago, he was Defensive Player of the Year. During that season, Artest held his offensive targets, including some of the league’s top players, to 8.1 points per game on 9.3 shots per game and 42.6 percent shooting. This can’t be emphasized enough. I know four seasons have passed, but Artest is only 28 years old — a year younger than Kobe Bryant. At 6-7, 250 pounds he can guard four of the five positions in basketball.

  • gus26

    why does the sacbee keep writting that we are the ones who are trying to make the trade happen.. i think after the comments that artest made after he didn’t opt out its sacramento that wants to trade him.. who else could they get for him that has 1)a big expiring contract and 2)playoff experience 3) and has incredible versatility.. i think its the kings that want LO not so much us wanting artest..

  • Nocturnal Dream

    I’ll say it again- ARTEST = POISON!!!

  • lakerferlife7

    we should try to put walton in the deal or rad….

  • pjt

    If Sac is saying the Lakers must take a 2nd contract, then they are willing to trade to us. I think the Lakers should give them Obom.

    Odom’s outside shot and, lack of tough D…for Artest would be great for the Lakers…

  • laker-nate

    [Comment ID #44574 Will Be Quoted Here] 100% true

  • lskerfan567

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    DCLAKER, THANK YOU FOR SHOWING SOME KIND OF SIGN OF HAVING A BRAIN, ARTEST IS GONNA DESTROY THIS TEAM INSIDE OUT

  • Daryl Imhoff

    I do not like the idea of trading Odom until we see how the team plays together. Artest has a big up side and just as big a down side. Maybe a three team trade where we give Farmar,Luke and Vlade and our draft pick this year,’09. Maimi wants a Point guard they give up Marion and we get Artest or leave Sac out of it and we get Marion. I like the trade for Josh Smith if we are going to give up Lamar. We are really good now, please don’t change too much before we get to see the team play together.

  • deemac1

    Why would we get rid of LO?! Way to versatile to loose! If we can get rid of Rad and Luke for Artest then go for it but the big frontline of Bynum,Pau and LO will be great! People should really take a look at what LO does for the team and realize no1 is really gonna fill that void.

  • pjt

    We would to get Artest. He seems to be more mature these days, and correct me if I’m wrong, Kobe and Artest are friends. Phil did a great job with Rodman, he could do the same for Mr. Artest…

  • yellowpurplefever

    Sac wont trade unless we include Lamar. They are sick of Artest’s whining and regrets. Coocoo. Since Ronny is leaving, Thomas can play some defense, dont forget he has a descent 15′ jumper and rebounds. Do it Mitch before Spurs and Houston.

  • Daryl Imhoff

    Najera can replace Ronny and not for as much money. If Posey is not going to be a Laker no reason to hold back.

  • Shaq786

    Lamar, v.rad, mihm, farmar…. for brad miller and artest

    OR

    Lamar for artest and Sheldan williams

    OR

    Lamar and Mihm for artest and Mikki Moore

    dont take kenny thomas or shareef!!!!!!!

  • T.A.

    how about

    Lamar to bulls
    Radman to kings

    Deng to Kings
    Ben Gordon to lakers

    Artest to lakers
    kevin Martin to bulls

    Lakers Get:

    RON ARTEST
    BEN GORDON

    BULLS GET:

    Lamar odom
    kevin martin

    Kings Get:

    Vlad
    Deng

  • VoiceofReason

    I do not like that were giving up Lamar Odom.

  • LakersFirst

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    Why would the Kings want to give up Kevin Martin?? He was their leading scorer last year, not to mention, last year they signed him to a 5-year extension. Something tells me they want to keep him.

  • John Barry Sux
  • Rinnegato

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    Same here. LO was playing great when Bynum went down. Now that they have Pau, we should at least see how everyone mixes with Bynum back!

    But if Mitch can pull off a miracle (again) and can give them Luke/Vlad for Artest, then I definitely would not mind! :D

  • http://www.thelakersnation.com Fred A.

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  • http://www.thelakersnation.com Fred A.

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    This is the same way I am thinking!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://Andrewbynum.com Corey Bynum

    get mickael pietris instead

  • Freshh


    I do this for sure.

    Yes, This would be great IF phil can control artest.
    Yes he is as nuclear as you get.

    BUT,
    championships have been won with the Dennis Rodman’s
    and the Rasheed Wallaces of the World.

    the ODOM experiment is over.
    DO IT.

  • DCLAKER

    Again,this not the CHICAGO BULLS!That’s the reason why we lost in the finals,tryin’ to live vicariously through another GREAT when WE ARE ALREADY A GREAT TEAM(and making our own mark in NBA history,just need some better pieces)!

    KB is MJ(NOT,but he’s the closest thing to’em)

    Vlad is Toni Kukoc(HELL NO,NEVER,NOT IN CAZILLION YRS.)

    LO is Pippen(Who did LO look in the Finals again? Yep,like LO)

    ….and NOW I guess Artest is supposed to be…Rodman?I thought this was The….hold on….wait for it..LOS ANGELES LAKER,ya’know WORTHY,MICKAL THOMPSON,AC GREEN,BYRON SCOTT,KAREEM,MAGIC AND….MITCH KUPCHAK!

    I just be glad when we decide to get guys that reminds us of those players,remember,when Shaq and Kobe(despite their differences)had quite some time winning those 3 in a row ‘CHIPs(along FOX,HARPER,AC,GLENN RICE,etc.).Did they remind us of The Bulls,NO!They had their own identity.LET THIS TEAM FIND THEIRS!

  • PGMVP

    Just do it please just do it i´m getting tired with all of this Ron Artest thing get him for Lamar just do it Mitch please JUST DO IT.

  • Freshh


    Why Do WE Do This Trade?

    LO is Versatile.
    Lakers won’t need his versatility anymore.
    They need the adequate production and needs for the positions
    {odom doesn’t do that being the 3 in a already huge front-court}
    his rebs will be negated.

    Artest on the other hand becomes the great defender we need.
    Not scared to take big shots.

    Him and Kobe are good friends.
    Phil has controlled rodman before, why not artest.

    If you keep waiting for L.O. to do something,
    then we will never win a championship with this team

  • ab4sure

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    Vicente… and Artest is Sane???

  • west213

    KEEEEEEEEP LO

    DONT BE A DAMN AAAAAAAAAA GIVING OUT ONE OF THE PIECES TO CHAMPIONSHIP

  • laker4lyf

    Im tellin yall LO got some serious game next season he’s gonna be one of the best on 3 position 6 foot 10 at sf and move so fast like a sg but ron he sucks he’s only known from being a gud defender and a ballhogger…keep lamar coz yall know he’s better than artest u guys stop thinking bout getting new guys coz without these trade lakers still will contend for the title these year..bynum,lamar,gasol best frontline in the west