Sources: Ron Artest Set To Play in the UK

UPDATE: Ron’s publicist, Courtney Barnes, would only confirm that Artest will be in the UK August 18-23 to meet with the Chelshire Jets about potentially playing with them. By all indications, nothing has been finalized by either side.

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In the midst of a tumultuous time for much of the UK, the British Basketball League can at-least rest assured that World Peace is coming.

According to sources, Metta World Peace (a.k.a. Ron Artest until August 28th) will be joining the Cheshire Jets of the BBL for the 2011/12 season, which begins on September 30th. While neither Ron, nor his agent David Bauman have officially confirmed (or denied) the rumor, Artest took to his Twitter this morning.

[blackbirdpie url="http://twitter.com/#!/ronartest/status/100968445679648768"]

[blackbirdpie url="http://twitter.com/#!/ronartest/status/100969247265669120"]

It’s important to note that under FIBA rules, if the NBA works out the CBA and ends the lockout, World Peace would be required to return to the Lakers, where he has 3 years left on his deal, worth about $21 million.

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