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Ron Artest Will Stay in Sacramento

greg pitschSenior Analyst IFebruary 21, 2008


With a lot of trade talks going on about Ron Artest, and all the blockbuster deals that have already been made, is there room for one more?

As of late Ron has been playing well, and it almost seems as if the Kings are looking to build around him. 

The departure of Mike Bibby brought in some good value, but would they even get close to that lackluster deal?

The Bibby trade was a good deal for the kings, except for the Anthony Johnson part, we didn't need him.  He is more of a nuisance on the court than Ron is off.  I am one who does not see any trade that could give the Kings enough value for a star player such as "Ron Ron."

Artest is having a good year so far, and now with Bibby gone, this is Ron's team.  He is the leader on the court.  He brings a passion for winning, and has the competitive advantage on almost every PF in the league.  Not many can match up with him one-on-one, and topping that, he can shut down nearly any player he wants to.

The Kings have been offered Linas Kleiza, who is signed through 2010, and Artest is a free agent after this season, so maybe you can get something here.  But we are talking about Linas Kleiza for Ron Artest, the absolute worst thing the Kings could ever do. 

This will not happen.  I mean who in their right mind would give up one of the top 20 players in the league, for a single shooter.  He does not even come close to Artest in any aspect of the game.

I do think Ron will finish the remainder of this season in Sacramento, and after the season, depending how it plays out will re-sign with the team next year.  With the development of Kevin Martin, Francisco Garcia and Sheldon Williams, Artest may want to play on the defensive oriented team that the Kings are becoming.

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