The once-again disgruntled Ron Artest might not be long for Sacramento. Soon after he didn't opt out of the final year of his contract, he said he felt the fool after watching Baron Davis and Elton Brand execute late opt outs. Pity for Artest, who is set to make $7.4 million this season.
The Kings, who have a nice, young team mind you, might just want to ship Artest out. The Lakers, Heat, Rockets and your Dallas Mavericks (with Artest's former coach in Indiana Rick Carlisle having already said he'd welcome Artest) are the first names to pop as possible trade suitors.
Who would you trade for Artest, who can be a real knucklehead, but is a hard-nosed defender, can score and be an asset for a team? Would you trade Josh Howard? He seems incredibly sane in comparison. Do the Mavs have any other attractive players/contracts to send to Sacramento?
-- Jeff Caplan