Ron Artest gets his ring, helping the Lakers to a 16th NBA championship.
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Summer 2009 Update
Ron Artest has agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers!
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com wrote:Artest says he's signing with Lakers
Posted on: July 2, 2009 6:56 pm
Shaq can have LeBron. Ron Artest says he'll take Kobe.
Artest, whose versatility and toughness have made him one of the most coveted and combustible players in the NBA, told CBSSports.com Thursday that he's signing with the Lakers.
"I'm definitely going to L.A. -- to sign, yeah," Artest said in a phone interview. "Lakers, Lakers, Lakers. I'm in L.A. right now."
Artest said he met with Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss Thursday and previously had spoken with Lakers coach Phil Jackson. He was en route to his financial manager's office, where he planned to huddle on the phone with his agent, David Bauman, to finalize details.
Artest's exuberance -- he spent the whole summer in L.A., including several appearances at Lakers home games during the NBA Finals -- got ahead of the process a bit. Other teams that made overtures for Artest -- including the Cavaliers -- have not yet been notified that Artest is signing with the Lakers. (Consider them notified.) Bauman has spoken with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, but parameters have not yet been agreed to. Still, it's pretty clear where Artest is going.
"I don't really care about the money," Artest said. "I'll play there for nothing. ... L.A. was very interested in me, and they got me."
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The Latest of the Ron-Ron Saga
-Sam Amick (Sacramento Bee) goes on a Sacramento radio show and said that a lower member of the Buss family basically told Mitch to get the Ron trade done. (7/12)
-Mason & Ireland interview Joe Maloof, he calls Odom a "great player." (7/12)
-According to the Sacramento Bee, the Lakers have offered Lamar Odom for Artest while the Kings are still reviewing their options. (7/9)
-Ron has decided not to opt out of his contract. (6/30)
-Shortly after Ron's comments, Stevens swings the pendulum back in the other direction, saying they expect to stay in Sacramento. (6/26)
-Ron tells Sacramento Bee that he's considering opting out, stating he's "made a hundred degree turnaround." (6/26)
-Vescey responds to an email by a fan regarding Ron's comments that he won't accept the MLE or opt out of his contract (6/26)
-Sportsline says Lakers are discussing trading LO for Ron and Kenny Thomas (6/25)
-Stevens (Ron's agent) states: ""I don't think it would be a wise decision to (opt out)," he said. "I don't think it will happen." (6/25)
-Peter Vecsey claims Ron will become a FA and the Lakers, Spurs, and Mavs will be the "most fervent suitors." (6/24)
-Marc Stein discusses if the Lakers will pursue Ron. Includes an email from Ron saying "I will never accept a mid-level exception." (6/20)
-Radio interview with Loose Cannons (6/19)
-Chad Ford lists Ron as an option in a S&T involving LO (6/18)
-Sacramento Bee Blog: What next for the Lakers? Telephone call for Ron Artest (6/18)
-Emplay: Artest Considering Opt-Out? (6/17)