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kriD
12-27-2006, 01:30 PM
Artest deal could be done soon

By Jason Reid, Times Staff Writer
December 27, 2006

SALT LAKE CITY — Under normal circumstances, trades rarely occur between teams in the same division.

Don't risk helping an opponent finish ahead of you, the thinking goes, but these are difficult times for the Clippers and Sacramento Kings.

The Clippers are last in the five-team Pacific Division and the Kings are fourth, only one game ahead of the Clippers.

The Kings apparently are having problems with swingman Ron Artest, and Corey Maggette is eager to play elsewhere because of his poor relationship with Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy.

An Artest-Maggette trade could be just what each team needs, and sources said the Clippers and Kings are motivated to move quickly.

The players have similar contracts, so there aren't salary-cap problems to complete a deal.

Artest is owed the remainder of his $7.5-million salary this season, is guaranteed $7.4 million next season and has a player option for $7.4 million in the 2008-09 season.

Maggette makes $7 million this season, $7 million next season and also has a player option for $7 million in 2008-09.

The Clippers hope to complete a trade before Friday's game against Sacramento at Staples Center, or in time for a six-game, 10-day Eastern trip that begins Monday.

Although General Manager Elgin Baylor is close with Maggette, Baylor wants to make a deal with Sacramento, sources said.

Baylor is resigned to trading Maggette because of the situation, and Artest is considered a better player than Maggette.

Maggette is among owner Donald T. Sterling's favorite players, and Andy Roeser, executive vice president, has been reluctant to trade the productive scorer in previous seasons.

Flacolaco
12-27-2006, 01:46 PM
I think this is called "Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic"

Stevallica
12-27-2006, 02:11 PM
I think this is called "Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic"

lmao...Could not have been said any better!

MavsX
12-27-2006, 02:49 PM
I think this is called "Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic"

jackpot

bobatundi
12-27-2006, 04:13 PM
Why wouldn't the Clips take a chance on Artest not going nuts though. Maggette's in the coach's doghouse with no apparent hope of getting out. Anybody notice, in the 4th quarter vs. the Clips last Friday night, Maggette was left in the game with 4 scrubs for LA and 5 scrubs for the Mavs? I actually don't get it, he's not a bad player. Not great, but not bad.

nashtymavsfan13
12-27-2006, 04:16 PM
I think this makes sense for both teams. Maggete isn't doing much for the Clippers right now because of the trouble he has with the coach, so why not take a chance on a good player like Artest?

rabbitproof
12-27-2006, 05:01 PM
My reaction is: BFD. Bring it the F on.

Send AI to Denver. Put Artest on the Clips. More please. Trade the Truth to the Spurs. Make Pau Gasol a Rocket. Baron Davis, too. Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis obviously should be in Phoenix. If you have a minute, send BronBron, Wade and Planet Arenas over here, too. You can put them all on the Jazz. Include D12 while you're at. And can we please put KG on Lakers?

Go on, consolidate all the western talent to the top four-five teams and send all the Leastern All-Stars to the West.

The Mavericks will not be denied this year!

Big Shot Rob
12-27-2006, 06:04 PM
My reaction is: BFD. Bring it the F on.

Send AI to Denver. Put Artest on the Clips. More please. Trade the Truth to the Spurs. Make Pau Gasol a Rocket. Baron Davis, too. Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis obviously should be in Phoenix. If you have a minute, send BronBron, Wade and Planet Arenas over here, too. You can put them all on the Jazz. Include D12 while you're at. And can we please put KG on Lakers?

Go on, consolidate all the western talent to the top four-five teams and send all the Leastern All-Stars to the West.

The Mavericks will not be denied this year!


Who is "The Truth"?

rakesh.s
12-27-2006, 06:31 PM
pierce..duh.