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Ron Artest, agent deny interest in trade

Posted on: February 2, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 4:32 pm
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The agent for Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest says his client doesn't want to be traded. Posted by Ben Golliver. ron-artest

Earlier today, we noted an ESPN.com report that asserted that Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest was potentially interested in being traded off the defending champions because he was supposedly sick of being the scapegoat and there are questions about his role in the offense.

While neither Artest or his agent, David Bauman, would comment on the original report, Bauman has offered a denial to the Los Angeles Times.
"Ron is not looking for a trade," Bauman said. "The frustration is there among everyone on the team. But Ron is a Laker, and he just wants to win. Ron is frustrated with the losing, as everybody is."
The ESPN report stressed that it was likely Artest could change his mind given his fickle personality and the fact that his relationship with Lakers Coach Phil Jackson had improved ever since a Yahoo! sports report in December on a confrontation during practice between Artest and Jackson in which Artest voice his  frustrations with Jackson publicly criticizing him. Said Bauman: "Ron and Phil have definitely seen each other eye to eye better."
Lakers.com also reported later Wednesday that Artest offered a denial of his own: "I definitely don't want to be traded."

Many will be quick to write off any denial offered in this situation, as both player and agent are extremely limited by NBA rules in how they can request or demand a trade in public without incurring a fine. 

If you're looking to read between the lines here, I suggest starting with the quote about Artest's relationship with Jackson, because that's the key to this puzzle. It would take a significant personality or philosophical difference for a player in Artest's position -- making a serious run at defending a title -- to hit the eject button. 

That Bauman was willing to specifically address Artest's relationship with Jackson and put a positive, progressing face on it certainly wasn't a mandatory part of the playbook. Agents have all sorts of ways of squeezing around that type of question, offering non-answers, no-comments or vagaries, but here Bauman handled it pretty straightforwardly.

As Royce Young noted earlier today, an Artest trade is a fairly remote possibility even if everyone with the Lakers is on board with it, they'd have to find a taker for his remaining salary and quirky personality. And as long as Artest and Jackson are able to play nice? There's zero motivation to explore getting a deal done.
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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2011 11:17 am
 

Ron Artest, agent deny interest in trade

:)  I agree that the trade is HIGHLY unlikely, but you'd have to come to Virginia to paint my house.  I'm a West Coast to East Coast transplant.
Been a fan since the days of Magic, Kareem, Worthy, Scott and Rambis!




Since: Jan 23, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2011 4:11 pm
 

Ron Artest, agent deny interest in trade

I'm a full fledge Spurs fan so this dream trade would put a wrench in our title hopes,but what if the Lakers traded Ron Artest and Derek Fisher for Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups much needed offensive help for Kobe



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Ron Artest, agent deny interest in trade

If the Clippers trade Griffin for Artest and Odom, I'll walk out to LA and paint your house for you.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2011 11:11 am
 

Ron Artest, agent deny interest in trade

He can say he doesnt want to be traded all he wants, but the reality is that the Lakers SHOULD trade him if the get the chance.  They need better support from the forward position, and if he's not going to be consistently physical and aggressive, what the heck good is Artest?!  I personally think they should trade Odom, because he's just as erratic as Artest but they might be able to get a solid young banger for him.  Ideally they'd trade both these turkeys for Blake G across town, but that'd be a stretch. picture that lineup though: Kobe, Gasol, Griffin, Bynum and <insert ANYONE>  they could match up with solid teams like the Celtics, and they'd have solid D, great scoring and a couple of bangers in the paint.



Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:58 pm
 

Ron Artest, agent deny interest in trade

I'm glad to see there are others out there who feel as I do about ESPN. I've cast my vote and my vote is to be anti- ESPN, ABC, and Disney.....




Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:52 pm
 

Ron Artest, agent deny interest in trade

I don't use the mothership website anymore either. I love how only on ESPN are the 2nd place in the West Lakers in trouble. ESPN is the national enquirer. Ron doesn't want to be traded. He may be traded by us but I know he doesn't want to be.



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:30 pm
 

Ron Artest, agent deny interest in trade

I was watching Million Dollar Drop a few weeks back, and one of the trivia questions was about the most unpopular athletes in America. Lebron was the 6th most hated athlete in America, with only 24% of the people having a positive opinion of him, proving once again that hating Lebron is the American thing to do, lol. (The only American athletes more unpopular than Lebron: Michael Vick, Tiger Woods, Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco and Kobe Bryant.)



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2011 8:59 pm
 

Ron Artest, agent deny interest in trade

Nope. CBS is anti-Lebron, pro-Kobe and of course pro-plagiarism courtesy of Knobler and Freeman.



Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2011 8:07 pm
 

Ron Artest, agent deny interest in trade

The trouble with Artest is that you never know what you're going to get. He tanked against the Celtics the other day. He makes bizarre decisions. He overdoes the tough guy act. Too often, he simply decides not to play hard. He's in there as a shut-down defender and he has all the tools to do that, but he's getting away from it now, for wahtever reason. He can complain all he wants. The Lakers would be better off without him if he continues this unprofessional behavior.



Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2011 7:33 pm
 

Ron Artest, agent deny interest in trade

I left ESPN website just for these reasons. ESPN is so bias against the Lakers and so pro Lebron anything. I trust CBS will be more fair and accurate in their reporting.


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