It's interesting, even fun, to play "what ifs".
But the problem that I had with the other threads where folks say something like, "Hell yes. I'd trade Ron for T-Mac" for example, is that it is NOT possible to make the trade.
Ron is a young player, on his second contract and is far from having a max salary. And just about any player that you really might want to trade Ron for is making substantially more per year than Ron is.
At the other end of the spectrum you have players on their rookie contracts, for example Yao, who looks so promising to his own team that they would never be willing to trade him. Not even for Ron Artest.
So I basically see suggestions like let's trade Ron for T-Mac and I just start laughing. Folks, it isn't going to happen!!! By the time Larry and Donnie would get done throwing in the other players, their response would be something like, "Geez, we really don't want to trade Ron straight up, now we got to throw in all these other guys, too?".
Buck, I know your thread is merely hypothetical, just to see what kind of value most of our members put on Ron. I just have a hard time even considering a straight up $6M Ron for $14M T-Mac trade when I know that it would involve signficantly more impact on our team than what is on the surface.
And that is something that many of the others don't seem to be grasping in the other threads.
Bottom line is, there probably isn't a player with a comparable salary that I would trade Ron straight up for. He's about as good as you can get for SF at his price.