The Houston Rockets have agreed to a deal that would net them Ron Artest, according to a report in the Houston Chronicle Tuesday.
In exchange, the Sacramento Kings get a huge boost in their rebuilding process. Bobby Jackson returns to the Kings, along with Houston's 2009 first-round pick and a player who cannot be named until the deal is completed Aug. 14, rumored to be 2008 first-rounder Donte Greene. As far as deals for Artest go, the Kings got exactly what they were looking for.
Greene can provide a valuable shooter and scorer that the Kings desperately need. With the inconsistent play of Quincy Douby, pairing Greene and Kevin Martin is a smart move. The duo could become one of the most dynamic in the conference in a few years.
In getting a second first-round pick for next year's draft, the Kings could end up with two picks in the lottery. That could put them on their way to becoming the next Portland Trailblazers.
The Rockets get a talented player in Artest, but gave up a lot for him. The Rockets weren't a deep team before the trade. Artest gives them another defensive stopper to go with Shane Battier. Artest may start at power forward, or push Battier to a sixth-man role.
It remains to be seen how effective Artest will play for coach Rick Adelman. Based on last season, the Rockets needed more offense. They had enough defense.
If Artest can give them both and Yao and McGrady stay healthy, the deal could make the Rockets a contender. If one of the two spend more time on the disabled list, the Rockets will miss the young talent they gave up in the deal for a long time.
Because of the collective bargaining agreement, rookies who sign their contract can't be traded within the first 30 days of signing, so that's why this deal can't be made official until Aug. 14, if Donte Greene remains in the deal.