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Burt_Reincarnated
08-13-2004, 04:11 AM
http://www.indystar.com/articles/6/169836-8906-179.html

Stojakovic for Artest 'just talk,' Bird says
Kings don't plan to trade their scoring star, Pacers president says he was told.

By Sekou Smith
sekou.smith@indystar.com
August 13, 2004


Rarely does a talented team escape the speculative nature of the NBA's annual free agency free-for-all.

Count the Indiana Pacers among that group.

But while the trade rumors continue to swirl, Pacers president Larry Bird has quashed one proposed move -- for now, at least.

The Ron Artest-Peja Stojakovic All-Star swap is a product of someone's imagination and not a deal that is imminent, Bird said.

"It's all speculation," Bird said. "Peja wanting to be traded has nothing to do with Ronnie. It's all just talk."

Sacramento's Stojakovic, a three-time All-Star and 3-point specialist, requested a trade last week.

Artest's name was mentioned as a possibility after Stojakovic's agent, David Bauman, said that Bird had inquired about such a deal in June.

Bird said he had an informal conversation with Kings director of player personnel Jerry Reynolds before the Pacers traded for Altanta's Stephen Jackson.

A deal involving the two players would qualify under NBA salary cap rules because their salaries match closely enough, or the Pacers could include a minimum salary player. Stojakovic will be paid $6.875 million next season. Artest will receive $6.2 million.

Reynolds, according to Bird, made it clear that the Kings would not trade Stojakovic, who led the Kings in scoring last season and was second in the league with a 24.2-ppg average.

Artest, the league's reigning Defensive Player of the Year, is considered equally valuable by the Pacers.

"I don't know why people are so quick to assume we'd even be interested in thinking about trading Ronnie," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "The fact is, there are going to be rumors about this and that. If one guy asks to be traded, everybody looks around. Those things just happen."

The Kings aren't operating like a team that intends to trade Stojakovic. They signed David Bluthenthal on Tuesday to be Stojakovic's backup.

"He's a perfect backup for Peja," Reynolds told the Sacramento Bee.

Bauman's plan to pressure the Kings' ownership into a trade has been fruitless. The Maloof brothers repeatedly have stated that they are not shopping the 27-year-old Stojakovic.

Bird echoed similar sentiments about the prospect of trading Artest, who did not return repeated calls from The Star.

"It's hard to even talk about it," Bird said. "I know Ronnie is very valuable to this team, so it would be hard to really think about moving him."

Thank you Larry and Rick :)

indygeezer
08-13-2004, 07:04 AM
"We are not looking to trade Jalen Rose".

I listened again to the Monteith interview on ESPN local radio last night in a promo for the station) and he said that he thought IT WOULD HAPPEN BUT IT MIGHT TAKE A WHILE TO HAPPEN.

We'll see. If it does, it does...if not, I'm certain the brass will have found a way to channel his "problems".
For the kids sake, I hope so.

Doug in CO
08-13-2004, 08:33 AM
The Star is always so timely, so ahead of the curve </sarcasm off>

Unclebuck
08-13-2004, 09:36 AM
The "Star" deserves some credit for being ahead of the curve with their story last Saturday about Bird discussing an Artest for Peja deal.

McKeyFan
08-13-2004, 10:03 AM
I sure hope this is true on its face. Trading Artest would really take the wind out of my sails as a Pacer fan.

Hicks
08-13-2004, 10:15 AM
I still think Ron will get traded eventually, for reasons I've been over. However, I also see what Ron can bring to the table, so if he's not traded, I'm still happy with the team.

Bball
08-13-2004, 11:11 AM
It seems to me the holdup is on the other side... If the Kings call today and say "Do it" I bet Artest is gone. I think it is obvious Bird likes Peja and it is also known in some circles that the Pacers have tired of babysitting Artest.

-Bball

Lord Helmet
08-13-2004, 11:42 AM
Read my sig.

bulletproof
08-13-2004, 11:45 AM
It seems to me the holdup is on the other side... If the Kings call today and say "Do it" I bet Artest is gone. I think it is obvious Bird likes Peja and it is also known in some circles that the Pacers have tired of babysitting Artest.

:nod:

Young
08-13-2004, 11:48 AM
Interesting article.

I think that the holdup is from the Kings and once they see Peja doesn't want to play for them anymore they will trade him and be all over Ron.

indygeezer
08-13-2004, 11:56 AM
Kings are prolly holding out hope that once camp and the season start, Peja will calm down. I know if he were mine that's what I'd hope anyway.

THen again, we have what 7 weeks until camp starts? Alot can happen before then...it doesn't have to happen this week.

Lord Helmet
08-13-2004, 12:05 PM
I just hope it doesn't happen.Only 7 weeks!Can't wait!

diamonddave00
08-13-2004, 01:10 PM
I still think the trade WILL HAPPEN. As was pointed out again no mention Ron Artest will not be traded.

Pacers are just a yes, we will trade Stojakovic call from sending Ron Artert to the Kings.

Maloofs Bros. will force Peja's hand before they trade him.

Suaveness
08-13-2004, 01:21 PM
I just don't see how people think this is still going to happen. Of course, I don't have an "inside source", so my guessing is probably inferior. But I do think after reading so many of these articles saying it's not going to happen, I am thinking that they know more than I do. So I will take their word for it, and believe Ron is staying.

TheSauceMaster
08-14-2004, 02:16 AM
If donnie , larry and rick all swore on there mothers graves , there would still be doubters , nice article but it won't stop the rumors and people claiming to have this and that information.