Artest to the Knicks still a possibility

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Yes, the NBA trade deadline has come and gone but it doesn’t stop the constant rumor of Ron Artest and the New York Knicks from continuing. I mean really, New York is the hometown of Ron Artest and he’s always made it known he wants to play for his hometown team. How can this rumor be started after the trade deadline? Well easily, the Knicks and NY media are already looking to the off-season, so here we are.

Here’s the scenarios where this takes place:

First, Ron Artest can opt out of his current contract at the end of the season. If he becomes a free agent, the Knicks would be able to offer Artest a 5-year $30 million contract under the leagues mid-level exception.

Another option, The Knicks and Sacramento Kings work out a sign and trade deal. Where Artest will get paid as much as he wants, and then the Kings actually get some compensation for Artest.

I think this off-season those rumors are finally put to bed and the Knicks get the long sought after Artest. First thou, the team would have to find someone to take Eddy Curry or Zach Randolph. It’s become blatantly obvious (well didn’t most expect this on draft day?) that the two don’t work well together and never will. The Knicks may have to take on a lot of dead weight this off-season to make a deal happen thou as neither has much trade value at this point.

But hey like most off-seasons, it will be interesting to see how Isiah Thomas ruins the team even more. FIRE ISIAH!!!!!!

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