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Report: Ron Artest wants out of L.A.

Posted on: February 2, 2011 12:42 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 4:14 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

The Lakers are reportedly looking to make a trade. General manager Mitch Kupchak said it, Phil Jackson said and even Magic Johnson is talking about it. The defending champs are in the market for some help.

Problem is for the Lakers, they traded away maybe their best asset in Sasha Vujacic's expiring contract and after that, don't have a lot of tradeable assets in the bank. Surely they don't intend to move a key part like Andrew Bynum or Lamar Odom. So after that, who are they going to trade? Luke Walton? Theo Ratliff? I don't think the Grizzlies are going to fall for a second Gasol trade this time around.

But what if someone wanted out? It doesn't seem probable because who would want to leave the Lakers, but according to ESPN.com, a prominant player wouldn't mind being the one to move out. Ron Artest.

Now before we get all ahead of ourselves, bear in mind that Artest lives in the moment. It doesn't take a whole lot for him to change his mind and for his emotions to kick up. So in two weeks, he may feel differently.

According to the report, Artest's two major problems are that he's afraid he'll be the scapegoat for any of the team's problems. He feels like he's always the dartboard for criticism and blame. Artest takes and sometimes makes bad shots, but it's easy to forget his stellar defense.

The second is that Artest will at some point pipe up about his role within the Laker offense. Artest has had to take a big hit in his production and usage with the Lakers, but he was willing to sacrifice there, obviously. Artest is averaging a career-low 8.1 points per game and as Artest's brother Daniel said on Twitter, is being typecast to only shooting the corner 3.

Matt Barnes is injured right now but played relatively well behind Artest at small forward. So there is a little depth there if the Lakers want to get serious about this.

In early December there was a public story about Jackson's public, harsh criticism of Artest in practice. Artest reportedly confronted Jackson about it and since then, reportedly are on good terms. It's more about Artest having to watch Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol hog all of the offense more than any displeasure with Jackson by the sound of it.

But with three years and $22 million remaining on his contract combined with the fact he's 31 and putting up career-low across the boards, what's the market really for Artest? Who is going to be interested in a deal like that? That's the question the Lakers are asking themselves right now. It's hard to say if they're actually interested in shaking up a championship team or if this is just a motivational tactic. Whatever the case, on Feb. 2, Ron Artest is looking for an exit.
Comments

Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2011 2:39 pm
 

Report: Ron Artest wants out of L.A.

I will love to get a carmelo anthony, trade started...ron artest, theo ratliff, and steve blake can all go to denver first class flight..Artest is a streaky player..but he is not a pau gasol, or lamar odom who is playing pretty good..keep fisher for this last run and bring the championship back home to kobe and the lakers..



Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2011 2:18 pm
 

Report: Ron Artest wants out of L.A.

This is the Lakers in February. Pau Gasol is very skilled player that creates match up problems, but he doesn't show up against other elite players. He'll dominate teams that don't matter. He's a good player, that doesn't match up well with teams that are physical or athletic.

Steve Blake is not the defensive player they though he was.
Fisher is old. The Lakers need a Tony Allen player



Since: Jan 25, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Report: Ron Artest wants out of L.A.

You out there, too, Dude - Pau Gasol?  This is about Artest, Dude!!  Besides, the only reason you can say that is because you don't know jack s$%& about a good trade from a bad trade.  Do your homework on principle and not emotion, Grizzley Fan!



Since: Jan 25, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2011 12:56 pm
 

Report: Ron Artest wants out of L.A.

Dude - you are taking this all the way to the infamous brawl that was about a century ago?  Address the present issues and don't go back to something that don't have any sense or worth talking about - what he did as a Pacer fan was when he was still a punk - bet even you done things back from that era that you would rather forget rather than be proud of to talk about - so keep your opinions of the past to yourself - Pacer fan!  Not defending  Artest, either, but you just out there with your $%$!




Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2011 12:23 pm
 

Report: Ron Artest wants out of L.A.

Ron come on dude you were a big piece of LA's championship run last year. Turn on the after burner and play basketball. Your in the entertainment industry. So when did you care about what people say about you? Play the way you were meant to play aggressive basketball, and the #@%$$ up!!



Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2011 12:03 pm
 

Report: Ron Artest wants out of L.A.

Are you really defending this guy?  Sure people are allowed second chances but his one bad moment, the brawl at Auburn Hills, is not his only bad moment.  I am a Pacer fan, so believe me I know.  This dude may have good intentions in his head, but his actions are more of a barometer of his character.  He single handedly ruined an entire NBA franchise.  His actions are directly related to the demise of the Pacers.  But you are right it is only one mistake.  So here are some more but dont know which ones are racist...  

He admitted to drinking cognac at halftime while with the Bulls.  Alleged abuse by girlfriend while in Chicago leads to his infamous voice message on her phone and court ordered anger management.  As Pacer, asked for a whole month off from basketball to promote his hip-hop album.  Beat his girlfriend while with Sactown.  He had his dog removed to protective custody by authorities for not feeding his animal.  Got into it with Pat Riley during a game.  Broke a tv camera in NY.  Broke the team pictures in pacer locker room.  As a Pacer, missed practice, team flight and shootaround for a playoff game vs Det.  Before the brawl he had been suspended at least 10 times.  And other famous incidents/fouls with kobe in playoffs, richard hamilton in playoffs and MJ in practice go relatively unnoticed.

Sorry I do not give him a pass just because he helps win some games and gets emotional after the championship.  But maybe I am still pissed I payed full price for Artest #15 Pacer jersey. 




Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2011 11:43 am
 

Report: Ron Artest wants out of L.A. now!

  The pau gasol trade was one of the worst trades ever! shouldn't even have happened. thanks a lot commish



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2011 10:47 am
 

Report: Ron Artest wants out of L.A.

The Memphis Grizzlies got Marc Gasol as part of the Pau Gasol deal.  Not bad for the Grizzlies either.



Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2011 10:05 am
 

Report: Ron Artest wants out of L.A.

Come on now, NON ISSUE!



Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2011 7:07 am
 

Report: Ron Artest wants out of L.A.

Have a drink, Ron.


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