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mcsluggo
01-24-2006, 03:22 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2304512

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Did the Kings just get a whole lot better?
or dig a giant hole to deposit their corpse?

mcsluggo
01-24-2006, 03:23 PM
Peja on a team with a real inside presence could be quite scary, if they use him well and the current funk he is in is just a funk and isn't permanent.

Drbio
01-24-2006, 04:02 PM
About freaking time Walsh moved Artest.

TripleDipping
01-24-2006, 04:07 PM
Good for Indiana. No difference for Sacramento. I don't see Artest will make a huge impact on the Kings but the Kings ain't got nothing to lose by doing the deal anyway.

dalmations202
01-24-2006, 04:13 PM
That Indiana team could be pretty good, if Peja gets out of his funk. I still don't think it is any better than 3rd in the conference though.

Artest for the Kings makes sense, he should get all the shots he wants, but I have a feeling that him and Rahim or Miller will be at it here shortly.

mcsluggo
01-24-2006, 04:19 PM
One of the worst defensive teams in the leage gets a defensive player of the year, and it won't maky ANY difference?

aexchange
01-24-2006, 04:27 PM
One of the worst defensive teams in the leage gets a defensive player of the year, and it won't maky ANY difference?

it may help a little, but its like trying to plug a bullet wound with a band aid. you have two huge leaks at PG and C on defense. and then a below average to fair defender at the 4. i like artest, but he may be only good for 2 or 3 pts on D.

mary
01-24-2006, 04:38 PM
I think we should all be very happy he didn't go to the Lakers, Denver or Minnesota.

bernardos70
01-24-2006, 04:42 PM
I was just about to ask what's up with Peja and if we could get to play backup over here :P I was thinking we could make it work with him over here, and was just about to make a thread about it yesterday.

Big Boy Laroux
01-24-2006, 04:55 PM
geez, this has been a rumor for like 4 years. good to see it finally went through.

MavKikiNYC
01-24-2006, 05:43 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2304512

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Did the Kings just get a whole lot better?
or dig a giant hole to deposit their corpse?

One vote: hole.

mary
01-24-2006, 06:03 PM
So...everyone at kingsfans.com is saying the deal is now off. Has anyone heard this?

mary
01-24-2006, 06:05 PM
ESPN is now reporting the deal is dead.

BREAKING NEWS
Artest
Artest Trade To Kings Off
Ron Artest's saga in Indiana continues on. The Pacers tried to trade Artest to the Kings for Peja Stojakovic, but ESPN's Jim Gray reports the deal is off because Artest turned it down.

vjz
01-24-2006, 06:07 PM
Damn!

Did Artest have a choice, a no-trade clause or something? This was an awesome deal for the Kings!

mary
01-24-2006, 06:11 PM
The story that I'm reading (mind you...just message board chatter) is that Artest said he would not show up if traded to the Kings. The Kings organization got wind of it, and nixed the deal.

Nash13
01-24-2006, 06:15 PM
Can you blame Artest for not wanting to go to SAC? I mean he even said he didn't want to go there when he first wanted a trade. Why is this such a surprise?

MavKikiNYC
01-24-2006, 06:17 PM
The story that I'm reading (mind you...just message board chatter) is that Artest said he would not show up if traded to the Kings. The Kings organization got wind of it, and nixed the deal.

Now the Pacers should sue his a$$.

accsuperstar
01-24-2006, 06:24 PM
sweet KVH for artest. we still have hope

mary
01-24-2006, 06:24 PM
Can you blame Artest for not wanting to go to SAC? I mean he even said he didn't want to go there when he first wanted a trade. Why is this such a surprise?



Ron Artest went public and DEMANDED A TRADE.

That was screw job # 1.

Now he has botched this trade and even further diminished his trade value, as you got to believe this was probably the best deal on the table.

That's screw job # 2.

He's making alot of money right now to sit on his ass. Sometimes in the NBA you get traded to places you don't want to go. You should be expected to act like a professional, that's one of the reasons you make the big bucks.

He's an embarassment to the league.

MavKikiNYC
01-24-2006, 06:35 PM
Uhm....

Did you forget the brawl for which he was primarily responsible?

mary
01-24-2006, 06:39 PM
No..I didn't forget. Nor did I forget that prior to the brawl he wanted time off to pursue his musical career.

Thespiralgoeson
01-24-2006, 07:54 PM
You know, I actually liked Artest before all this despite his antics... Indiana's always been my second favorite team, and I just flat out like his game... But demanding a trade after he single-handedly ruined the Pacers' season last year, and after that organization has stood up for him time and again, he showed that his selfishness knows no bounds. And if this story is true, then I argree with Kiki that the Pacers should sue his ass. For HIS sake, I hope this is just a rumor.

All that being said, if this trade does happen, then I think Indiana has just put itself back in title contention.

alby
01-24-2006, 08:05 PM
its not going to happen

and artest is a certified jerk.

MavsFanFinley
01-24-2006, 08:06 PM
Can you blame Artest for not wanting to go to SAC? I mean he even said he didn't want to go there when he first wanted a trade. Why is this such a surprise?

You can't blame the Kings for backing out. With the new rule Artest would have just been suspended for not reporting but the Kings would still be screwed.

Artest is paid well and should be ready to play anywhere. I'm sick of these players saying they don't want to go here or there for whatever reason. The league needs to do something about him.

Thespiralgoeson
01-24-2006, 08:16 PM
This just pisses me off. The Pacers went to bat for him on several occassions, and he's f*cked them over and over again.

MavsFanFinley
01-24-2006, 08:21 PM
This just pisses me off. The Pacers went to bat for him on several occassions, and he's f*cked them over and over again.

Exactly. I hope Bird finds a team that won't care whether he reports or not. And the league just suspends him without pay.

He screwed the Kings as well. Peja didn't make the trip to Philly so the Kings are playing without him tonight. And how do the Kings recover with Peja now that the deal is dead? They almost have to deal him now.

Drbio
01-24-2006, 08:43 PM
wow. Artest has really lost it. You know I really wanted to think that he was going to rebound from all of this and turn into at least a near-human. This is just sad.

Mavdog
01-24-2006, 08:43 PM
Artest-Peja trade collapses
By Mark Montieth
mark.montieth@indystar.com
A trade that would have sent Ron Artest to Sacramento for Peja Stojakovic has collapsed.

The Kings reportedly called off the deal because of Artest's reluctance to play for them, although Artest was vague about his wishes in a conversation with The Indianapolis Star.
"There's no deal," Artest said in a telephone interview. "It's not that I don't want to play there . . . I'm letting my agent handle things. He's taken over things."

Artest's agent, Mark Stevens, was unavailable for comment.

Stevens told the Star earlier in the day that a deal had been reached, pending league approval.

Artest said he is not planning to refuse a trade, but wants to speak with prospective teams first.

"I just want to meet with team officials of whichever team I'm headed to," he said. "I want to play, but I'm following the rules I have to follow. If I have to sit out, I sit out the season."

alby
01-24-2006, 08:45 PM
gah what a jerkoff

alby
01-24-2006, 08:45 PM
this guy rivals kobe in selfishness

dude1394
01-24-2006, 08:47 PM
Sounds like there wasn't a "real" deal that artest could actuall back out of so he won't be able to be fined.

However he's such an idiot that just the threat of him being upset is enough to have a no-trade clause.

The pacers were IDIOTS for not taking Maggete(sp?) when they had a chance no matter his current injury. They could have then at least gotten insurance. Now they will get jack.

dude1394
01-24-2006, 08:47 PM
this guy rivals kobe in selfishness

Hmm...I didn't think he was a rapist???

alby
01-24-2006, 08:50 PM
Hmm...I didn't think he was a rapist???

haha true

these two are definitely both at the bottom

Thespiralgoeson
01-24-2006, 08:52 PM
What options to the Pacers even have now? Honestly, it looks like they'll just have to trade for peanuts, like Toronto did with VC. Hell, at this point they might even want to think about just buying out his contract if he's gonna screw up any deal that they try to make happen.

dude1394
01-24-2006, 08:56 PM
And they can't even just trade for picks. They are going to have to pick up a 7mil contract in return. Yuck...

alby
01-24-2006, 08:57 PM
I don't know, before Artest was on everyone's radar despite his antics on and off the court. But now, the situation is a lot more risky for teams because of Artest being the jerk that he is and the possiblity of him turning the team down. Question, does Artest not see that this sh*t hurts him? or does he not really care. I say kick him out of the league, I'm being serious.

dude1394
01-24-2006, 09:12 PM
I don't know how they kick him out of the league? What has he done other than say he doesn't like his job.

Now I can see no one ever hiring the guy again, but kicking him out, I don't see it.

Thespiralgoeson
01-24-2006, 10:40 PM
"I guess this is just a business, but the way I was told and the way I found out, I feel I deserved better from [Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof]. Anybody can get traded in the NBA, but the way I found out, it was disrespectful. I deserve better after seven and a half years." - Peja Stojakavic

Looks like even if it isn't for Artest, the Kings will probably have no choice but to move him now. I dunno what the hell Artest is bitching about. It's an ideal scenario for everyone involved; Peja gets to play for a new team and possibly contend for a title, Artest gets a fresh start and an opportunity to play with two very talented players in Bibby and Miller (again), Indiana gets a great player to compliment JO and resume their title aspirations, and Sacto gets a lockdown defender who's no pushover on offense either. Does Artest honestly think he gets to choose to only go to a title contender? After all the sh*t he's pulled...

Dirkenstien
01-24-2006, 10:45 PM
Artest is an idiot. That would be a great place for him to be and it would be a good deal for the Pacers. When the the selfishness come to a stop.

dude1394
01-24-2006, 11:11 PM
Actually I thought it was a great deal for the pacers but the kings were taking a pretty huge chance. Artest should have been ecstatic, he could have bullied his way to being the scoring man he wanted to be.

Peja seemed like a good fit for Indiana as well. They could move that other knucklehead steven jackson and still had a shooter.

The kings are hosed but Peja will be shocked at how little of a contract he gets. The NBA has become a penetrators league and he doesn't.

Nash13
01-24-2006, 11:13 PM
Ron Artest went public and DEMANDED A TRADE.

That was screw job # 1.

Now he has botched this trade and even further diminished his trade value, as you got to believe this was probably the best deal on the table.

That's screw job # 2.

He's making alot of money right now to sit on his ass. Sometimes in the NBA you get traded to places you don't want to go. You should be expected to act like a professional, that's one of the reasons you make the big bucks.

He's an embarassment to the league.


Well, i don't know why the Peja/Artest deal happens because that was the very 1st team he said he wouldn't want to join. And reports say he didn't say he wasn't going to report, he just didn't want to play for them. This part isn't uncommon. There's a couple of players around the league with no-trade clauses in their contracts. And another thing i was discussing with a few buddies is the fact that teams are so quick to pull trades but probably never think about what the player wants. I understand being professional, but when i guy gets traded, especially across the country, you have to drastically alter your lifestyle. I'm not exusing his decisions, but i can understand where he's coming from about being traded to sac.

And my thing is, why bother bringing him in if you're SAC? He's not going to make their standings or defense any better. He's not going to make your chemistry any better. You could probably get more out of Peja than some with the uncertainty as Artest.

MavsFanFinley
01-24-2006, 11:54 PM
Artest Summoned To Meet With Pacers Brass

24th January, 2006 - 10:19 pm

Chris Sheridan/ESPN - Ron Artest has been summoned to a Wednesday morning meeting by the Indiana Pacers , who want to hear from the player himself on whether he is standing in the way of a trade to the Sacramento Kings for Peja Stojakovic, ESPN.com learned Tuesday night.

Artest and his agent were expected to meet Wednesday morning in Indianapolis with team executives Larry Bird and Donnie Walsh with the hopes the trade can be revived.

The Pacers and Kings were close to a deal Tuesday, and Stojakovic stayed at the team hotel in Philadelphia when it appeared the trade would be finalized. But a source with inner knowledge of the day's events said a call from Artest's agent, Mark Stevens, to the Kings gave them second thoughts about pulling the trigger, and the deal was temporarily shelved.

"The way I was treated today, I was disappointed," Stojakovic told ESPN.com in Philadelphia. "I feel kind of disrespected with the way I found out. Thank God they have TVs here. I understand being traded, but this is situation is weird. I had already planned my flight back to Sacramento, and now everything is reversed.

"I guess this is just a business, but the way I was told and the way I found out, I feel I deserved better from [Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof]. Anybody can get traded in the NBA, but the way I found out, it was disrespectful. I deserve better after seven and a half years."

Stojakovic was expected to travel to New York with the Kings for their game Wednesday night against the Knicks, but there remained a possibility the trade would be revived in the morning. Artest told The Indianapolis Star there was a possibility something still could happen.

"There's no deal," Artest told the newspaper by telephone. "It's not that I don't want to play there ... I'm letting my agent handle things. He's taken over things." Artest told the Star he is not against a trade but would like to be involved in negotiations.

"I just want to meet with team officials of whichever team I'm headed to," he said in a story posted on the newspaper's Web site. "I want to play, but I'm following the rules I have to follow. If I have to sit out, I sit out the season."

The deal would have ended a lengthy standoff between the Pacers and Artest, who was banished from the team in December after requesting a trade and was suspended most of last season for his role in one of the worst brawls in U.S. sports history.

Before the deal apparently broke down, Kings players were already talking about the trade as if it was a done deal.

"Peja will be missed," Kings forward Corliss Williamson said. "He's been in Sacramento for a lot of years, but life goes on in the NBA.

"We'll welcome Ron Artest with open arms and hope he'll be able to help us. You always hear about the situations he's been in and all the hype. Maybe this is the change he needs, to come into our system and flourish."

MavsFanFinley
01-24-2006, 11:56 PM
Warriors Offering Dunleavy In Package For Artest

24th January, 2006 - 9:29 pm

Philadelphia Inquirer - Ron Artest's agent, Mark Stevens, told the Kings his client "had no desire" to play for Sacramento, that he would report but "not be happy."

There were other deals on the table but the Los Angeles Lakers refused to trade Lamar Odom for Artest and Austin Croshere, and the Pacers turned down a deal with the Clippers for Corey Maggette because Maggette's foot injury may be more severe than expected and backed out.

Also the Golden State Warriors were believed to have gotten involved as recently as today, offering a package of Mike Dunleavy Jr., Calbert Cheaney and another player for Artest. But Dunleavy, who signed a five-year, $45 million extension before the season, and has a contract that would complicate the deal.

sike
01-25-2006, 12:06 AM
whatever...

TripleDipping
01-25-2006, 12:08 AM
Somewhere in Sacramento, Stojakovic is weeping like a 5 year-old for not having his wish of getting traded come true.

u2sarajevo
01-25-2006, 12:24 AM
Giggle.

He's a head case. So buyer beware.

I feel bad for Sacramento now. Well, not really. But it's not a good situation there before this happened. And then this happened.

chumdawg
01-25-2006, 12:30 AM
Good for Ron. Let's not forget that he asked to be accepted back on the team, and the Pacers, in their infinite wisdom, decided they would be better off without him. Can we get past looking at professional athletes as mindless commodities and respect their own feelings, too? Artest and the Pacers have a contract with each other, each with obligations. Artest is willing to play, and the Pacers don't want him. So they can live with nothing, as far as I am concerned.

Don't blame Ron Artest for the dysfucntion in the Pacers organization. That team is in a downward spiral, and it's closing quickly. They want to muscle some leverage on Artest, and I for one am glad that his agent is fighting back. If the guy doesn't want to be traded to Sacramento--and who can blame him?--that's well within his rights.

He wanted to play for the Pacers again, and they decided they would rather suspend him. So they can sleep in the bed they made.

dude1394
01-25-2006, 12:44 AM
Agree chum, they should have dumped him when they had the chance before he asked to be traded.

Now his value is zilch.

Nash13
01-25-2006, 12:54 AM
Good for Ron. Let's not forget that he asked to be accepted back on the team, and the Pacers, in their infinite wisdom, decided they would be better off without him. Can we get past looking at professional athletes as mindless commodities and respect their own feelings, too? Artest and the Pacers have a contract with each other, each with obligations. Artest is willing to play, and the Pacers don't want him. So they can live with nothing, as far as I am concerned.

Don't blame Ron Artest for the dysfucntion in the Pacers organization. That team is in a downward spiral, and it's closing quickly. They want to muscle some leverage on Artest, and I for one am glad that his agent is fighting back. If the guy doesn't want to be traded to Sacramento--and who can blame him?--that's well within his rights.

He wanted to play for the Pacers again, and they decided they would rather suspend him. So they can sleep in the bed they made.


Come on now, he called out the coach and now nobody in the entire organization wants him back.

But i'll agree with you now that the Pacers aren't making it any easier for themselves. I mean, history has shown the closer you get to the trade deadline, the more desperate teams get to trade a player. So i'm willing to bet the best deal the Pacers are going to get past by them a long time ago. And the more they wait, the more the player(s) have less time to play with other Pacers.

I just got finished watching Outside the Lines, and if what Scoop Jackson said about Bird and Walsh playing mind games with Artest is true, then they should get some of the blame for the Pacers' 9-12 start without him.

Thespiralgoeson
01-25-2006, 01:57 AM
Chum, the only thing I blame the Pacers for is trusting him. The organization is in a downward spiral because he set that into motion. He was a headache from day 1, but he had game, so they tolerated him. But last season, when he crossed the line, they took a chance and stood up for him, again. So how does he reward them? By further alienating the entire organization to the point where his teammates took a vote, and elected not to play with him anymore. The only crime the Pacers committed was being too loyal, and he stabbed them in the back, again and again. Now the Pacers are even more screwed than they were before, after all they did for him. The sad part is, he keeps hurting himself worse and worse, and I don't even think he knows it. 2 years ago he was defensive player of the year, and now he's untradeable.

alby
01-25-2006, 02:09 AM
and soon to be out of this league.

Mavdog
01-25-2006, 09:25 AM
chum, I have to disagree. yes a player's more than a commodity, yet at the same time they are assets who have value to their employer both in what they can contribute to the team on the court as well as what they can contribute to the team in trade.

as for his about face about returning to the team and being a good soldier for them, "fool me once shame on you, fool me twice and shame on me" is very appropriate. there's absolutely no basis to believe that ron will not return to his petulate self.

he is one of the main causes of the dysfunction of the pacers, and let's not reward his behavior by being sensitive to his "needs".

from today's IndyStar:

bob kravitz
What's the deal here? Absurdity rules
January 25, 2006

What? You thought getting rid of Ron Artest was going to be easy, a simple matter of handing him a one-way ticket out of town? What movie have you been watching these past couple of years?
Here, in a nutshell, is a recap from our latest installment of The Chronicles of Ron-Ron, soon to be a major motion picture:

He supposedly was traded.

Then he supposedly said he wasn't going to Sacramento.

Then the Kings supposedly said, fine, we don't want your goofy, bad self, so never mind.

Then Artest told The Star's Mike Wells he never balked at going to Sacramento, but merely wanted to talk to his prospective employers before signing off on a trade.

Then there were more reports, which were different from the early reports, suggesting there may never have been a deal in the first place, which would have meant the Kings never pulled out of a deal.

Then, finally -- and I only say "finally'' because it was time to go to bed and I have a three-rewrite limit on columns -- there was word that the deal was still pending and Artest might be talking to the Pacers and Kings today in an effort to revive the deal.

Which never existed in the first place.

We think.

Could this be any goofier? Or more appropriate and Artest-ian? How badly are we going to miss these daily dramas and theater-of-the-absurd productions?

By the time this newspaper landed on your doorstep, there could have been several key developments.
Artest could have run for president of Kazakhstan. Artest could have accepted a trade to Sacramento contingent on his being permitted to take time off to produce music CDs. Artest could have retired from the NBA and become the go-to guy for the Indiana Alley Cats.

If nothing else, this whole fiasco has been quite amusing, giving us something to watch besides a dreadful Pacers team that seems to have used the mental Quick Check-Out option.

Two nights ago, they got worked by the Atlanta Hawks, merely the worst team in the NBA. Tuesday night, they got run off the court by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In fact, just five minutes ago, Jamaal Tinsley learned he was actually supposed to guard Hawks point guard Tyronn Lue.

This is an average team that is getting increasingly hard to watch or embrace, and it's desperately in need of a warm body and an emotional pick-me-up. If team CEO Donnie Walsh and team president Larry Bird don't get this thing done soon -- like, in 10 minutes -- this is going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better. This franchise has been held hostage by Artest long enough.

Nobody is suggesting if Peja Stojakovic comes, he's the answer to all the Pacers' problems.

Two years ago, yes, he would have been the perfect fit, and it's just too bad it didn't happen at the time.

By now, though, his numbers and health have been in steady decline. Once, he was a 24-point-per-game guy. The past two years, though, his scoring and his shooting percentages have dipped dramatically, and he's had injury issues with his pinky, his groin and a disc in his back. His history suggests quite loudly he's not much of a defender, although with a team that struggles to score 85 points, it hardly matters. And he's never been good in the postseason, which would make him feel quite at home in Indy.

It's possible, though, that a change of scenery would help, especially with Stojakovic being in a contract year. Clearly, he is not the player he once was, and with an opt-out clause at the end of this season, there would be a good chance he would be a Pacers rent-a-shooter and nothing more. But the Pacers aren't exactly dealing from a position of strength these days.

If they ultimately end up with nothing for Artest, it would be, by my reckoning, an even deal.

What a mess: Plan A was Corey Maggette. Plan B was/is Stojakovic. I shudder to contemplate Plans C-Z.

Give it up to Artest, though.

He has become a master puppeteer. He's playing the NBA like a cello. He's a free agent, except better. He's getting paid millions for doing nothing except playing with his cell phone at Lakers games. And he has the power, incredibly, to dictate the terms of engagement. Maybe there was a method to the madness, after all. You know, genius is rarely understood in its time.

Artest, the gift who keeps on giving, is completely in charge.

And there's not a darned thing anybody -- the Pacers, the NBA, even Shaquille O'Neal -- can do about it.

There is a certain comic justice to all of this, isn't there?

Of course this wasn't going to end well. Or smoothly. Or normally. He was gone and then he was back and now he's in limbo. The fun never ends. Welcome back, Ron. And farewell.

Dirkenstien
01-25-2006, 11:28 AM
Great article Mavdog. Thanks for posting it. Man, what a nutcase Artest is!

Goodness gracious

Dirkenstien
01-25-2006, 11:39 AM
Additionally, I still believe an offer of Damp for Artest and Gill gets done. The pacers just want to move him out as soon as possible and with the recent injuries of O'neal, they could use a big man down low.

Drbio
01-25-2006, 12:11 PM
Gavin Maloof told ESPN radio they are still working on the deal today.

sike
01-25-2006, 12:17 PM
Gavin Maloof told ESPN radio they are still working on the deal today.
interesting...I hope they just get this done...I've got Artest on two fantasy teams....

alby
01-25-2006, 12:20 PM
interesting...I hope they just get this done...I've got Artest on two fantasy teams....

excuses excuses :p

Dirkenstien
01-25-2006, 12:30 PM
interesting...I hope they just get this done...I've got Artest on two fantasy teams....

Same here Sike.

Drbio
01-25-2006, 01:43 PM
I dumped Artest on sike....LOL. Which reminds me....I haven't checked my team in weeks.

Dropstep
01-25-2006, 05:10 PM
The deal is now only pending league approval according to ESPN radio

EricaLubarsky
01-25-2006, 05:15 PM
That team is getting uglier and uglier.

they are really going to start

Kenny Thomas
Artest
Bonzi
Bibby
?

speaking of which: my all ugly team

/Ervin Johnson/Calvin Booth
Danny Fortson/Michael Ruffin/Chris Taft
Bonzi Wells/Ron Artest/Jamal Mashburn
Stephen Jackson/Jon Barry/Dermarr Johnson
Cassel/Brevin Knight/Mike Bibby

Mavdog
01-25-2006, 05:27 PM
Artest declares, 'I'll go anywhere'
By Mike Wells
mike.wells@indystar.com

Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest, along with his agent Mark Stevens, met with CEO Donnie Walsh and team president Larry Bird this morning, one day after a deal to send the forward to Sacramento fell apart.

Artest disputed media reports that he rejected the trade proposal Tuesday.

“I’ll go anywhere,” Artest said by phone after he drove past a group of reporters waiting outside Conseco Fieldhouse. “I just want to get back on the basketball court and start playing again.

Artest said the meeting with Walsh and Bird was good.

“They said they were going to try to get something sorted out to get the trade done,” Artest said, adding that there was “no trade right now.”

The Pacers were prepared to trade Artest for Kings forward Peja Stojakovic on Tuesday. Several media outlets reported Artest rejected the trade, but he told the Star on Tuesday evening that he would “do whatever my agent tells me to do.”

Stevens told ESPN that Artest has never wanted to play for the Kings. Stevens said Artest made his trade request public on Dec. 10 only after he thought he was about to be sent to Sacramento.

Walsh was unavailable for comment.

Dirkenstien
01-25-2006, 06:41 PM
Looks like Artest is headed to Sac-Town. Good for him and good for the Pacers.

I sure am glad he didn't end up with a contender. If he has his head on staight though, Sac town could be trouble in the future.

Great move for the Pacers. I think Stojakovic fits right in with that team.

Thespiralgoeson
01-25-2006, 07:13 PM
Additionally, I still believe an offer of Damp for Artest and Gill gets done. The pacers just want to move him out as soon as possible and with the recent injuries of O'neal, they could use a big man down low.

The Pacers would take that in a heartbeat.

So is this deal back on or what? If it is, great for the Pacers. Peja should look damn good next to JO. Not sure if this will make the Kings any better, but hell, it's hard to imagine that it would make them worse.

Mavdog
01-25-2006, 07:19 PM
Peja dealt for Artest
By Marty McNeal and Sam Amick -- Bee Staff Writers
Published 2:59 pm PST Wednesday, January 25, 2006
NEW YORK - Indiana's Ron Artest and his agent confirmed Wednesday that he's been traded to the Kings in exchange for Peja Stojakovic.
"I'm excited, I'm very excited to be coming to the Kings," Artest told The Bee. "I feel like it's a blessing."

His agent, Mark Stevens, said the deal was sealed with both teams waiving physicals for the players.

The on-again, off-again trade completed just one day after it had publicly disintegrated when Artest balked at coming to Sacramento and the Kings brass walked away from the deal.

"Obviously, we're very happy about getting a player of (Stojakovic's) caliber," Pacers president Larry Bird said in a statement."He's one of the best shooters in the league and we definitely feel he can help us right away."

On Wednesday morning, Bird and CEO Donnie Walsh met with Artest at Indiana's Conseco Fieldhouse, reportedly to determine whether, in fact, Artest was the hurdle in keeping the teams from clearing the trade. Afterward, Artest told the Indianapolis Star that he was prepared to play for which ever team would trade for him.

"It was a good meeting," Artest said. "They said they were going to try to get something sorted out to get the trade done. There's no trade right now…. I'll go anywhere. I just want to get back on the basketball court and start playing again."

Team owners Joe and Gavin Maloof are in New York City for tonight's game against the Knicks. Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie remains in Sacramento, and has not spoken publicly since the yesterday's trade rumors erupted.

Previously, Artest has said he did not want to join the Kings. In a statement released by his agent to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, he said Artest had no desire to play in Sacramento.

"Ron Artest did not want to be traded to Sacramento weeks ago, and he does not want to be traded to Sacramento now," the statement read.

"In order for Ron to fully demonstrate his natural skills and abilities, to the best of his abilities, he not only must be in an environment that is conducive to his growth an development as a player, he must also ensure that his family is happy and content as well. Ron does not believe that will be the case if he were in Sacramento. Period."

Meanwhile, Stojakovic's agent, David Bauman, was less than content with the treatment of his client, who discovered that he had nearly been traded while watching an ESPNews interview with Joe and Gavin Maloof on Tuesday.

"I don't know how anybody in their right mind can expect Peja to go back and play for the Kings," Bauman told the New York Times.

Thespiralgoeson
01-25-2006, 07:27 PM
Great news. I'm really glad for the Pacers, and for Peja. Indiana came out of this thing pretty damn good IMO. They get a damn good player who should fit in nicely, and they probably haven't lost too much ground, or perhaps none at all in the standings at the end of the season. Even if Artest hadn't asked for a trade and was still a Pacer, it's highly doubtful that their record would be as good as detroit's, and since they're in the same division the best they could hope for would be the 4th see anyway, which is about where they're at.

I wonder where they'll go from here. Looks like they're pretty solid at every position except for center. Of course, the team has been coping with injuries all season, and this doesn't make the situation any better, but either way they're certainly better off than they were before. I think next year, if they re-sign Peja and get someone in the middle, they'll be back in the championship hunt.

dude1394
01-25-2006, 10:22 PM
Boy pacers really made out. Artest was close to being untradeable and they get a really nice shooter in Peja. I think he really fits there well.

As for sacremento.. I think they will rue the day. But they were probalby going to lose Peja anyway, so they do get a player.

I'd re-trade his rear-end as soon as possible.

Drbio
01-25-2006, 11:29 PM
Bold Prediction: Artest comes out of the haze and makes Sacto the trade winner.

Thespiralgoeson
01-25-2006, 11:34 PM
Bold Prediction: Artest comes out of the haze and makes Sacto the trade winner.

Probably not that bold considering Jermaine's injured again. Artest, injuries... good thing the trade worked out for them, they were due for a break.

birdsanctuary
01-26-2006, 12:25 AM
I think we should all be very happy he didn't go to the Lakers, Denver or Minnesota.

Amen to that Mary...

alby
01-26-2006, 03:22 AM
i hope this lifts both teams up personally, i wanna see these teams win games..

birdsanctuary
01-27-2006, 12:03 AM
I have a sick feeling that Artest is going to cause what's left of the Kings to self-implode. I give him 2 years and it all falls apart. The 11th hour balk, is just the first of many painful episodes for the rebuilding Kings...

dude1394
01-27-2006, 12:23 AM
Amen to that Mary...

Now going to the lakers would have been hilarious.

Thespiralgoeson
01-27-2006, 02:17 AM
I have a sick feeling that Artest is going to cause what's left of the Kings to self-implode. I give him 2 years and it all falls apart. The 11th hour balk, is just the first of many painful episodes for the rebuilding Kings...

Well Artest only has 2 years left on his contract, so I don't think they're in bad shape. But they really didn't have a whole lot of options when you think about it. Peja's a free agent, and obviously didn't want to stay there, so they were going to lose him one way or another. So instead of letting him walk they got the best player they could for him. Sure, Artest is a headcase, but he can flat out ball. Now, is he the answer to their troubles? Probably not, but they were already rebuilding. They really didn't have much to lose. Even if Artest doesn't make them better, I really can't imagine he'd make them worse.

alby
01-27-2006, 08:58 AM
the pacers have to worse luck in the world

now O'neal is out for at least 8 weeks? ouch..

sike
01-27-2006, 05:01 PM
so did this deal happen or no?

#1MavsFan
01-27-2006, 05:25 PM
Yes this deal did go through. I think it well benefit both teams in the long run assuming Indy can reasign Peja.

alby
01-27-2006, 05:25 PM
lol freaking aliens..

artest is now a king
peja is now a pacer =]

ricky davis is now a twolve
wally is now a celtic

sike
01-27-2006, 05:27 PM
ricky davis is now a twolve
wally is now a celtic
I had not even heard about this one...but I like it for the pups......

sike
01-27-2006, 05:28 PM
Yes this deal did go through. I think it well benefit both teams in the long run assuming Indy can reasign Peja.
thanks for the info bro!

alby
01-27-2006, 05:31 PM
I had not even heard about this one...but I like it for the pups......

haha where have you been

** btw, artest is playing tonight for the kings.. dont miss it!

sike
01-27-2006, 05:36 PM
haha where have you been

** btw, artest is playing tonight for the kings.. dont miss it!
sweetness and thanks...I've been pretty busy ;)

sike
01-28-2006, 12:42 AM
Artest did fine....15pts 6 rebs and 4 steals...

alby
01-28-2006, 05:15 AM
wally did pretty well too

ricky davis lit it up

i wonder how peja will look for the pacers

Thespiralgoeson
01-28-2006, 07:16 AM
Man, Artest looks weird in that purple Sacramento uniform. I'm gonna have to get used to that.

sike
01-28-2006, 11:53 AM
Man, Artest looks weird in that purple Sacramento uniform. I'm gonna have to get used to that.
tru dat...


I think Paja needs this to bring himself back to star status...he has drifted royally in the last couple seasons...