NBA Trade Rumors: Ron Artest to the Nuggets for Kleiza and Najera?

Andrei SanzharovContributor IFebruary 4, 2008

A recent rumor suggests that the Nuggets are in negotiations with Sacramento regarding the avaliability of forward Ron Artest.

The main players offered to the Kings for Artest are the ever-improving Lithuanian Linas Kleiza and the expiring $5 million contract of Eduardo Najera.

The troubled Artest has been on the trading block for a while now, yet his current excellent play (24 ppg, 6 rpg) over the last three games (all wins) shows that Artest's time with the Kings may not be up quite yet.

While there is no questioning the offensive skills of Kleiza and the smarts of Najera, not to mention his contract, it may not be in Sacremento's best interest to get rid of Artest when he has finally decided to show up and play.

The question is whether his excellent play will last long. There is no way the Kings are trading him if he continues to play this well. There is still time before the trading deadline for the Kings to evaluate all the offers for Artest.Β 

It seems the Nuggets are ready to take their chances with Artest. His past has been much publicized, yet he is one of the better defensive and offensive players in the league, and he may be worth the risk.

Perhaps when paired with Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson, Artest will become more consistent as the chances of winning a championship will surely increase.


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