Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Artest Trade OFF


2:45 P.M: The Indiana Pacers have finally awoken from their hibernation and traded Ron Artest to the Sacramento Kings for Peja Stojakovic. This deal, which has been discussed for somewhere around seven years now, should have never taken 49 days to complete. Due to their lengthy deliberation, Indiana sits at a mediocre 21-19 record at the halfway point of the season. The Kings, on the other hand, remain just 3 games back of a Playoff spot with over half a season to play. It will be very interesting to see how this deal plays out for both clubs. Sacramento travels to Indiana on March 17th, most likely "Hatchet Night" at Conseco Fieldhouse.

**UPDATE** 6:45 P.M: According to ESPN's Steven A. Smith and Jim Gray (who first reported the deal), cry baby Artest doesn't want any part of Sacramento. The deal remains on the rocks as we speak. More info coming as I come across it...

**UPDATE** 7:00 P.M: The deal is offically dead. I'm so sick of this I don't even care to discuss. Ron Artest has officially overtaken Kobe as the game's biggest asshole.

10 Comments:

At 4:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ahhhh! my eyes!


maybe you should photoshop a "Tru Warier" into Peja's chest hair, too

 
At 5:07 PM, Blogger ET said...

More like "Tu Hairier"

Peja is overrated.

 
At 5:31 PM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

His pocket's so tight, there's no circulation in his hand...

 
At 5:38 PM, Blogger Nat said...

its about feakin time this deal was done. it was themost realistic trade from the start of the saga but i think indiana gettin peja might just be for cap room over the summer as peja can opt out and go elsewhere. kings starting 5 now with bibby, (healthy) bonzi, (healthy) SAR, (possibly sane?) artest and miller look to be contenders and might upset a higher seed int he 1st round if they can squeak in at the 7th spot in the west

 
At 8:45 PM, Blogger Ryan Kinkade said...

I hope this creates an avalanche effect to get the Pacers to trade him asap. Artest for Kandi!!!!

 
At 2:02 AM, Blogger Nat said...

ridiculous!!! how is peja feeling right about now... knowing it was pretty much done if u thought this guy didnt play with heart before dunno what to expect now but i dont blame it if he dogs it now. why is artest still getting a say in where he goes did he just hint he dont like sacto and they got scared so called of the deal?

 
At 3:44 AM, Anonymous Curtis said...

Here's the deal--
Artest is going to meet with the Pacers brass tomorrow. They're basically going to tell him, 'look, it's in the organization's best interest to trade you. We have a deal lined up, and if you don't cooperate with us, we can suspend you and not pay you for the remainder of the season.'

Artest and his agent Mark Stevens will say, 'oh, we'll go to Sacramento, but we don't want that, and quite frankly, we can give them hell if we want. We can make Sacramento not want us there.'

Artest 1, Pacers 0

Under the new CBA, the Pacers cannot suspend Artest unless he refuses to play either for them, or whichever team he goes to. Artest has refused neither. Here's where it gets ugly for the Pacers and why Mark Stevens is really running the show right now-- because of Artest's reputation and history of problems, a mere hint that he may not want to play somewhere will steer a team, like the Kings, a different direction. I mean think about it-- the Maloofs run a fucking casino, isn't that bizarre that of any gamble they'd turn down...it's Ron Artest?! They seemed so content with the deal earlier in the day during an interview, and then just like that, they neg it? Somebody in the Artest camp warned them. Now they're out.

Why wouldn't Artest and Stevens continue to treat situations like these the same way until they get their way? How much leverage do the Pacers really have at this point? This is unprecedented ground.

I think the Pacers will hear from Artest tomorrow that he's willing to go play for Sacramento, but that doesn't mean the Pacers will be able to convince the Kings to take him on. Even if Donnie Walsh puts a gun to Artest's head, I think Petrie and the Maloofs are going to have a hard time convincing themselves that this is in their best interest. Talk about botching this one up. Now the Kings are stuck with a presumably heart-broken Peja Stojakovic, this a day after he said he wanted to stay in Sacramento for the duration of his career. So much for re-signing him to a bargain deal this summer.

If the Warriors are smart, they swoop in tomorrow and talk Bird and Walsh into accepting the Dunleavy/Cheaney/(Draft Pick?) deal while the Pacers are still in anguish and obviously desperate. While Dunleavy has been the lone bright spot on the team as of late, there's no question that the Warriors have little to lose in rolling the dice on Artest. They're just too soft defensively to claim a Playoff spot right now and things will only get tougher as the games become more important. Chris Mullin HAS to make this happen. Appease your tarnished Warriors fans by bringing in Artest, even if it means upping the ante (Monta Ellis?).

We'll see what happens tomorrow. Perhaps after a night at the hardwood suite, the Maloofs will be just hungover enough to swing the deal for Artest. I'm not so sure it will work out if they do. Can you really picture Rick Adelman dealing with Artest? The guy looks like he just blew a kidney stone every time Kevin Martin heaves one of his sickly looking jumpers...he'll be shooting out kidney boulders when he sees Artest clotheslining his own teammates during practice. And who the hell on that Kings team is going to keep Artest in line? Does Bibby accept new members to Team Dime? Do you think Brad Miller has ANY friends? What the hell will Artest do when he asks Shareef Abdur-Rahim a question and, not realizing his jaw is wired shut, knocks him to the floor when he doesn't get a response? Maybe he hits it off with Bonzi Wells, but do you want your team being lead by two notorious lunatics? Are Kevin Martin and Francisco Garcia going to survive practice with Artest guarding them? This would just get downright ugly. Please, please send Ron Artest elsewhere.

 
At 9:27 AM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

Curtis Blow-
Excellent points man, but I don't think just because they were close to a deal with Sactown that Bird and Walsh will take on Dunleavy's contract. And Monta Ellis is a poor man's Sebastian Telfair. And honestly, who's poorer than Telfair, playing behind the 116 lbs. Steve Blake? Actually, that's given me an idea for an article...thanks bro. Thanks for the insight, we forgive you for your antics last week.

 
At 6:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

tony peretore you are the biggest asshole......period.

 
At 2:16 PM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

Uh, no one calls me Tony dipshit

 

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