Artest To Canada? 15th December, 2005 - 11:24 am Toronto Sun - You can add Toronto to the list of rumoured destinations for Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest.
A rumour making the rounds last night had the Pacers badboy and second-round pick Erazem Lorbek going to the Raptors for Morris Peterson, another roster player (potentially Matt Bonner) and a first-round pick in 2006.
The salaries are close enough for a potential deal. Peterson and Bonner make a combined $6.3 million US, while Artest, who demanded a trade earlier this week, makes $6.8 million. Teams can trade players signed during the off-season (as was Bonner) beginning today.
Lorbek is playing professionally in Italy.
Pacers general manager Donnie Walsh has said he is going to insist on a trade that makes sense in the long-term.
Raptors GM Rob Babcock has said he would move a first-round pick (the team has two next year) if he could improve his club.