Intersting... not sure if this has been reported yet or not.
First of all, Artest supposedly IS meeting with Donnie this morning, along with Ron's agent etc.
Second (and very interesting), Smith claims that the whole reason Ron went public with his trade request in the first place was that he had already heard through the grapevine that we were trying to trade Ron to Sacramento for Peja.
Ron didnt want to go to Sac, so he went public with the trade request as a "pre-emptive strike," in order to nix the deal with Sac.
Ron wants to go to L.A. to be a Clipper or a Laker.
Supposedly we've had deals for Dunleavy/Cheney with GS, Magette withe the Clips (of course) and a Ron/Croshere for Odom deal that the Lakers nixed.
Stephen seems to be putting some blame on Donnie by not talking to Ron or his agent about any of these deals beforehand, which is why Ron and his agent made a stink about this deal yesterday (given that Ron never wanted to go to Sac in the first place).
I realize a lot of this has been reported elsewhere, but this is the first 've heard of the "pre-emptive strike" theory...