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DenButsu
06-30-2008, 10:43 PM
Artest "Not Opting Out"
Bryan May 4 hrs ago

Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest will honor the final year of his contract and play for the Kings in the 2008-2009 season.

In an email sent to News10's Bryan May, Artest confirmed he is not exercising the free agency option in the final year of his contract, meaning he will earn $7,450,000 the coming season.

Artest is entering his third year with the Sacramento franchise, having come over in a January 2006 trade for Peja Stojakovic to the Indiana Pacers.

Bryan May will have more on News10 at 6. news10.net (http://www.news10.net/sports/story.aspx?storyid=44020&catid=3)



The question mark can be removed from the thread title when this gets verified officially, assuming that will indeed happen.

GSW Hoops
06-30-2008, 10:45 PM
He's announcing his decision on a local radio station tonight at 9 p.m., but he did say that he looks forward to working with the new rookies in Sac so it looks like he'll be a King next season.

JordansBulls
06-30-2008, 10:53 PM
Glad to hear him decide to stay.

Do0msday
06-30-2008, 10:56 PM
I think it's a good PR move by him. He needs more time to get his act clean and I think this is a step in the right direction...especially since I don't think any team would have invested all too much money in him if he hit the market.

AgentViet
06-30-2008, 11:40 PM
He'll probably stay, but I'd expect the Kings to move him before the deadline.

DerekRE_3
06-30-2008, 11:43 PM
He'll probably stay, but I'd expect the Kings to move him before the deadline.

His value can only go up. He's been a good boy for the most part with the Kings. He had no mishaps last year. And with the Celtics winning with defense and physicality, look for teams to have some serious interest in Artest.

TMAC94
07-01-2008, 01:03 AM
anyone think he still might get traded?

wvphil
07-01-2008, 01:07 AM
anyone think he still might get traded?

He probably will be traded. Younger talent and a pick unless said talent is pretty good. He is just a year or so too old to be part of our rebuild. And I don't think he has the patience to wait a few more years either.

yojoe792
07-01-2008, 01:07 AM
I hear its because the only teams with the caproom to give Artest the money he wants (11+ mill) are the 76ers and the Grizzlies. And neither of them are interested, the man wants his cash.

wvphil
07-01-2008, 01:09 AM
I hear its because the only teams with the caproom to give Artest the money he wants (11+ mill) are the 76ers and the Grizzlies. And neither of them are interested, the man wants his cash.

He wants a ring more than he wants cash. He is probably the only player in the NBA who would take a paycut in his prime to get one.

DenButsu
07-01-2008, 01:18 AM
He should go to Denver. I know all the arguments about too many guys who want to start, etc., but he's already expressed his interest in going there (talked about how the Nuggets would have done better in the playoffs if he'd been on their roster to help out). And if I'm not mistaken he has Bird rights that should go with him now, so when AI comes off the books at the end of next season (if he's not already traded by then) and the Denver payroll drops by $21 million, they'd be able to retain him.

BADizzleBoY
07-01-2008, 01:35 AM
Good he needs to prove himself for one more season.

DenButsu
07-01-2008, 01:55 AM
Close to official now, I'd say:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3468447

Beno7500
07-01-2008, 02:21 AM
He has not opted out of his contract.

Leftcoast_yg
07-01-2008, 03:21 AM
doesnt mean he wont, well have to wait and see

ChiCubs54
07-01-2008, 03:23 AM
Well, that's surprising.

Beno7500
07-01-2008, 03:34 AM
doesnt mean he wont, well have to wait and see

That makes no sense.

Leftcoast_yg
07-01-2008, 03:45 AM
That makes no sense.

well let me make it a little simpler for you, just because he hasnt opted out at midnight doesn't mean he is not going to opt out of his contract at all, does that make sense now, he's probably crashed out so is his agent and they will decide when they wake up

WillisLovechild
07-01-2008, 03:52 AM
surprising to say the least...

lavis
07-01-2008, 04:08 AM
well let me make it a little simpler for you, just because he hasnt opted out at midnight doesn't mean he is not going to opt out of his contract at all, does that make sense now, he's probably crashed out so is his agent and they will decide when they wake up

Exactly, that's Artest we're talking about. He might change his mind three times a day.

DerekRE_3
07-01-2008, 04:28 AM
The deadline was midnight. He didn't opt out. End of story. He's a King.

Leftcoast_yg
07-01-2008, 04:42 AM
The deadline was midnight. He didn't opt out. End of story. He's a King.

yeah your right my bad i didnt even know about the deadline but well see after this year, he probably wants to get some good cash so he can sign for less next year to the lakers and dont have to move his stuff cross country, especially since it will be easier to get rid of odom's contract with him on his contract year next year, hey he will probably take a pay cut so we can sign artest and it will be less of a hassle to get rid of luke and radman since they would have 2 for rad 3 for luke years left

innovator
07-01-2008, 06:59 AM
stupid bastard, he chooses money instead of a chance to win a title

DenButsu
07-01-2008, 07:48 AM
The deadline was midnight. He didn't opt out. End of story. He's a King.

True.

Confirmed (http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/basketball/other_nba/view/2008_07_01_Ron_Artest_stays_with_Kings/srvc=sports&position=recent).

Joshtd1
07-01-2008, 08:33 AM
He wants a ring more than he wants cash. He is probably the only player in the NBA who would take a paycut in his prime to get one.

Thats why he said he would never take the MLE right..

_Sn1P3r_
07-01-2008, 04:16 PM
Now who do you think are Lakers looking into?

futureman
07-01-2008, 04:40 PM
:cry: Lakerfans hahaha!

Leftcoast_yg
07-01-2008, 05:54 PM
:cry: Lakerfans hahaha!

you mean clipper fans we are gonna get bynum back this year and a healthy ariza, so i aint:cry:, maybe you are cuz we knocked your team outta the second round and you wont be able to get passed us in the next 4 to 5 years sorry buddy but it's more like this:D

Vinny642
07-01-2008, 07:38 PM
you mean clipper fans we are gonna get bynum back this year and a healthy ariza, so i aint:cry:, maybe you are cuz we knocked your team outta the second round and you wont be able to get passed us in the next 4 to 5 years sorry buddy but it's more like this:D

OMFG LAKERS FANS-
Bynum- overrated as hell
PG- IDK Derek Fisher isn't getting it done
SG- Well theres Kobe.
Odom is good but very inconsistent
PF- As soon as he went to the (cough) Fakers(cough) he became overrated.
BENCH---
Ira Newble- HORRIBLE
DJ MeBenga or something- HORRIBLE
Ronny Turiaf- not good, has energy but not GOOD.
Sasha Vuacic or something- does one thing and doesnt do it good.
Farmar- Good talent.
Ariza- who cares about that garbage

DenButsu
07-01-2008, 09:09 PM
Okay, enough bickering between Lakers fans and Jazz fans and Clippers fans... olet's keep this on topic.

Beno7500
07-01-2008, 09:11 PM
Artest should have just opted out. now he is pissing off kings fans out here