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Beno7500
07-01-2008, 08:37 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3469895


After seeing Elton Brand and Baron Davis unexpectedly put themselves on the free-agent market, Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest is second-guessing himself for not doing the same.

Artest told ESPN.com on Tuesday that he wishes now he had opted for unrestricted free agency, like Brand and Davis, instead of electing to play out the final year of his contract with the Kings next season at $7.4 million.




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Artest also conceded that his long-term future is likely not in Sacramento, saying via e-mail: "I don't see myself with [the] Kings beyond 2008-09.


"I think I made the biggest mistake by staying in my contract and I have to live with it," Artest said. "I had some misleading information [in making the] decision on not opting out. [But] I still thank G-d for all his blessings and being able to play basketball and help people."


Artest let his opportunity to become a free agent pass Monday as he had been vowing to do for weeks. The 28-year-old preferred to put off free agency until next summer, figuring that he'd likely only generate contract offers this summer starting at the mid-level exception -- which was $5.4 million last season -- and believing that a big 2008-09 season would increase his chances of securing a long-term deal from either the Kings or someone else.


Before announcing his decision, Artest said last week: "Even if I was to opt out, which probably won't happen, I will never accept a mid-level exception. So people trying to figure out possibilities should get that out of their heads."


But by declining to walk away from the final year of his current contract -- and thus surrendering the right to choose a new team -- Artest might actually have increased the likelihood that he winds up playing elsewhere between now and next February's trading deadline.


At what amounts to an expiring contract valued at less than $8 million, Artest has a very tradeable salary in spite of any concerns about his controversial past.


The Kings seriously explored the market for Artest at the February trading deadline, most notably in talks with the Denver Nuggets.


The Los Angeles Lakers have been widely expected to revisit past trade interest in Artest, given Artest's friendship with Lakers star Kobe Bryant and after L.A.'s toughness and defense were subjected to heavily criticism during the NBA Finals. It's also presumed that Lakers coach Phil Jackson would be an ideal boss for the mercurial swingman, but trades between teams from the same division -- especially teams that have the contentious history that the Lakers and Kings share -- are always complicated.


The Kings far exceeded most preseason forecasts by posting a 38-44 record under rookie coach Reggie Theus. Artest had one his best statistical seasons -- averaging 20.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 57 games -- and has claimed often that the Kings would have been right there with the eight 50-win teams in the West if not for the injuries suffered by leading scorer Kevin Martin and ex-Kings guard Mike Bibby as well as the 25 games Artest lost to injury and suspension. Artest missed the first seven games of the season serving a seven-game league ban after a no-contest plea to infliction of injury on his wife.


That was the latest transgression in a career full of missteps -- a list that most notably includes Artest's suspension for the remainder of the season for his role in the infamous Detroit Pistons-Indiana Pacers brawl in November 2004 -- but Artest has been actively working to address doubts about his reliability. He is heavily involved with the NBA Players Association's humanitarian efforts in Africa and elsewhere abroad, signed on this season as a spokesman for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and has volunteered in recent weeks to do television work for the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs, who are likewise operated by Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof.


Artest also unsuccessfully reached out to USA Basketball officials earlier this month in a bid to convince them to consider him as an 11th-hour candidate for this summer's China-bound Olympic team.


"My basketball skill and my character and community work speaks for itself," Artest said. "I believe in them and believe it can work for an organization."

Iodine
07-01-2008, 08:37 PM
Sucks for him

TMAC94
07-01-2008, 08:41 PM
still can get traded, i want him at houston :)

NYMetros
07-01-2008, 08:43 PM
I don't think it was a mistake. He will be a Free Agent next season. This is good for the Kings too. Now he will play his heart out to try and get the biggest contract he possibly can next year. I see him having one of those fantastic contract years.

Beno7500
07-01-2008, 08:45 PM
I want him beacuase he is a fantastic player but i say kick rocks because he changes his mind to much

lakerboy
07-01-2008, 08:45 PM
The thread title should be renamed "Artest is a mistake."

*Superman*
07-01-2008, 09:01 PM
Wow, now the Kings would be stupid if they didn't trade him.

Beno7500
07-01-2008, 09:02 PM
oh we will trade him soon

superkegger
07-01-2008, 09:02 PM
artest is almost as fickle as kobe.

Beno7500
07-01-2008, 09:03 PM
oh also i just bought a authentic kings artest jersey. so ya

DenButsu
07-01-2008, 09:05 PM
Ron, you said you could help out in Denver... why not come prove it? :smoking:

Beno7500
07-01-2008, 09:08 PM
Ron, you said you could help out in Denver... why not come prove it? :smoking:

becuase he still has to prove that he can make sac win.

xSolidx
07-01-2008, 09:10 PM
Artest flips flops so much, you just cant take what he says seriously

I can bet that next week hes gonna say 'I think i made the right decision to stay in Sacramento, I want tstay here for the rest of my career"

Artest is just....crazy

DenButsu
07-01-2008, 09:12 PM
becuase he still has to prove that he can make sac win.

But I could see a trade happen that involves Kleiza and Stephen Hunter and maybe a future 1st or two. The Kings were expressing strong interest in LK before the deadline, and if they picked up Hunter that would make it a lot easier for them to ship Miller out. (The same should be true for Camby in Denver, but since Karl refuses to play Hunter - much to the chagrin of many Nuggets fans - it's a moot point).

Beno7500
07-01-2008, 09:15 PM
Idk who hunter is, but that sounds good. kleiza, hunter, and some picks sounds like a deal to me

DenButsu
07-01-2008, 09:28 PM
Idk who hunter is, but that sounds good. kleiza, hunter, and some picks sounds like a deal to me

He's a 26 year old 7 footer whose season numbers are worse than his career numbers due to Karl not even giving him a chance at all this season. Ask Philly fans about him - in 2006-07 he started for stretches when Dalembert was injured and did a serviceable job. When we traded for him, some of them were sorry to see him go. I would be too, actually, but since Karl will never play him he should be put on the block, imo.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=1002

Joshtd1
07-01-2008, 09:45 PM
Shows how much he cares about winning "I would never accept an MLE deal"

pippsux
07-01-2008, 09:55 PM
The boy aint right, but he can ball. I think he will be traded by mid season.

HOZ THE KNICK
07-01-2008, 09:55 PM
he would ask to be traded a then sign a extention

TMAC94
07-01-2008, 10:04 PM
i still think rockets should offer, battier, head, brooks and 2nd round pick next year for him.

KNICKSFAN
07-01-2008, 10:05 PM
Aww, boo hoo, now come to the Knicks for a 2 year contract.

DerekRE_3
07-01-2008, 10:06 PM
Petrie is waiting until Ron Artest's value is a high as it can go. With the Celtics winning it all with defense, his value can only go up. Not many guys can put up 20 points and be a top defender in the league.

MGB
07-01-2008, 10:26 PM
Petrie is waiting until Ron Artest's value is a high as it can go. With the Celtics winning it all with defense, his value can only go up. Not many guys can put up 20 points and be a top defender in the league.

AND while doing all that, he can make a killer sweet rap album, take a few games off to tour and promote said album, and do some other crazy BS while he's at it. :D

_Sn1P3r_
07-01-2008, 11:05 PM
I think he'll still be traded.