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    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...n/5914062.html

    Ron Artest set for deal to Rockets

    Bobby Jackson, first-round pick to go to Sacramento

    By JONATHAN FEIGEN
    Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle
    July 29, 2008, 7:09PM

    In what had been a quiet offseason, the Rockets are about to make a lot of noise.

    In a stunning move designed to push the Rockets from solid playoff team toward legitimate NBA contenders, the Rockets reached agreement Tuesday with the Sacramento Kings to acquire gifted but controversial forward Ron Artest, according to an NBA executive with knowledge of the deal.

    The Rockets will give up guard Bobby Jackson, a No. 1 draft pick next season and another player that the individual with knowledge of the trade could not name. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey could not be immediately reached for comment.

    Because of contract considerations, the trade will not be announced until Aug. 14, though that would indicate the deal could include Rockets first round draft pick DonteM Greene. Greene is not permitted to be traded until then, one month from when he signed with the Rockets.

    There could also be other players involved to make the money match but none that the Rockets would plan to keep. The Rockets will also send the Kings cash in excess of $1 million.

    Artest, 28, is considered one of the NBAs most unpredictable characters and was the central figure in a 2004-05 brawl with fans in Auburn Hills, Mich. He is also considered among the leagues toughest lock-down defenders and sometimes, an unstoppable offensive force.

    The 39 points he scored against the Rockets in 2006-07 season are his career high.

    A 6-7, 248 pound forward, he had publicly lamented his decision last month not to opt out of the last season of his contract to become a free agent, renewing the Kings efforts to move him.

    Artest played 40 games for Rockets coach Rick Adelman after he was traded by the Indiana Pacers to the Kings in the 2005-06 season, averaging 16.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and a career-high 4.2 assists. He was also a first-team NBA All-Defensive team selection. He offered to donate his salary if the Kings were willing to retain Adelman after that season.

    In nine NBA seasons out of St. Johns, where he was a third-team All-American, Artest has averaged 16 points and 5.1 rebounds. He was the 2003-04 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. He averaged 20.5 points per game last season.

    Artest, however, has been unable to stay clear from trouble. He was arrested in March 2007 and charged with domestic abuse and eventually sentenced to 20 days in jail and community service. That sentence was reduced to 10 days in a work release program. He had also been charged with animal neglect, though charges were not filed and Artest has since worked with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals on several campaigns.

    In addition to his 73-game suspension after going into the stands in the Nov. 19, 2004 brawl (the longest suspension in NBA history other than for drug policy violations or gambling), he has been suspended for destroying a television camera in New York, for an altercation with then Heat coach Pat Riley in Miami and for numerous flagrant fouls.

    Drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1999, he was traded in 2002 to the Pacers, having some of his best seasons, including his one All Star season in 2003-04. Prior to the fight in 2004, he was suspended for two games for asking for a month off to promote an R&B album by a group on his production label.

    After his return to the Pacers the season after the fight, he asked for a trade and was placed on the inactive roster.

    Though Artest has been best used as a small forward, Rockets forward Shane Battier is also considered among the leagues best players at defending small forwards and shooting guards. But because Artest can defend players from small guards to power forwards, the Rockets could finish games with Artest and Battier on the court together, either with Tracy McGrady sliding over to point guard or with Artest matching up with power forwards.

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    Pretty good move. The Rockets weren't going anywhere.

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    Wow, they are giving up a lot to have deal with Ron's problems in the future.

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    Wow, that could be really interesting. I am sure the Rockets see him as a one year rental for them to win it all. If he maintains his composure, and Yao and T-Mac stay healthy, it could be interesting.

    Would you rather have Ron, Yao, and T-Mac or Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Garnett? Similar talent level. Obviously the Celtics group has better intangibles, but if Artest can hold on for a year...

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    Wow, they are giving up a lot to have deal with Ron's problems in the future.
    I doubt they will extend him after this year.

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    Houston, You Have A Problem.

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    The reason the deal won't be announced for awhile is because they are including Donte Green, the first round pick of the Rockets.

    http://realgm.com/src_wiretap_archiv...re_ron_artest/

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    Houston, You Have A Problem.
    Why didn't I think of that!? lol

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    Rockets get a solid deal if Artest can keep his head on basketball for one year and one year only. The Rockets only had to surrender an aging and largely ineffective Bobby Jackson, the next Tim Thomas, and a pick likely in the teens if not into the 20's.

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    The reason the deal won't be announced for awhile is because they are including Donte Green, the first round pick of the Rockets.

    http://realgm.com/src_wiretap_archiv...re_ron_artest/
    Wait a minute...the Kings got Bobby Jackson back, AND a 2009 first-rounder, AND Donte Green?


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    Why didn't I think of that!? lol
    I want royalties every time someone uses this phrase from this point on in reference to Ron Artest and the Rockets.

    I intend to be a rich by season's end.

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    I want royalties every time someone uses this phrase from this point on in reference to Ron Artest and the Rockets.

    I intend to be a rich by season's end.
    Better trademark it...quick!

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    This now creates a logjam of sorts between Mac, Artest, and Battier. The easy and quick solution is to make Battier the backup at 3 (behind Artest), creating a starting 5 of Yao/Scola/Artest/McGrady/Alston.

    Or they could package Battier and Alston and look to get a dynamic PG...

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    Wait a minute...the Kings got Bobby Jackson back, AND a 2009 first-rounder, AND Donte Green?

    Bobby Jackson is just salary relief.

    Donte Green is unimpressive to me, at least in the 3-4 Syracuse games I watched last year. By draft standards, he is a very poor man's Brandon Rush. And I don't think the draft pick will be very good because the Rockets will probably be one of the top 3-4 teams in the West next year if they can gel and if Artest stays in control for one year (he usually does ok at year one for most teams).

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    The reason the deal won't be announced for awhile is because they are including Donte Green, the first round pick of the Rockets.

    http://realgm.com/src_wiretap_archiv...re_ron_artest/


    Again?

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    Wait a minute...the Kings got Bobby Jackson back, AND a 2009 first-rounder, AND Donte Green?

    AND they GOT RID of Ron Artest... so it's all good.

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    Again?
    They must have some dolt interns at RealGM.

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    Bobby Jackson is just salary relief.

    Donte Green is unimpressive to me, at least in the 3-4 Syracuse games I watched last year. By draft standards, he is a very poor man's Brandon Rush. And I don't think the draft pick will be very good because the Rockets will probably be one of the top 3-4 teams in the West next year if they can gel and if Artest stays in control for one year (he usually does ok at year one for most teams).
    But the fact remains that they got TWO new 1st rounders for Nutty-Nut-Nutbar. That's unbelievable.

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    For Houston's sake, I hope that Ron approves of this, otherwise it will be a bad relationship from the get-go.

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    Rockets will probably be one of the top 3-4 teams in the West next year if they can gel and if Artest stays in control for one year (he usually does ok at year one for most teams).
    That's my logic as well, but this is a new situation for Ron. He'll be acutely aware his stay in Houston will last one season and that one season will burden him with the pressures of winning a championship or at least getting damn close. He could crack regardless.

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    But the fact remains that they got TWO new 1st rounders for Nutty-Nut-Nutbar. That's unbelievable.
    Donte Green is not a gamechanger and chances are the 25th pick of the draft won't be, either. To me this shows how low Artests value really is.

    Now, if Houston goes out of their mind and tries to extend the guy, you've got an excellent point. But I see this as one year only. Even if Houston wins the title next year it should be one and done for Artest there. My fearless prediction is Ron Artest will not be in the NBA the year after this.

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    I know this will be different from a lot of peoples thoughts, but I think this is a GREAT move for the Rockets. Ron has stayed down lately, and whether or not some of you want to admit it, he is a very good player. Look at this lineup:

    PG- Alston
    SG- McGrady
    SF- Artest
    PF- Hayes (?)
    C- Yao

    Bench- Battier, Head, Landry (possibly)

    That is a team right there folks.

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    Is Landry expendable for Houston?

    Prediction: Houston gets to Western Conference Finals and Ron does something weird, inappropriate that costs them the series.

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    not a bad bad move... should complement Yao and T-Mac..

    One year rental is worth a try IMO


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    I don't think anyone in Houston's core other than Artest has been out of the first round of the playoffs. They'll be very interesting to watch next year.

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