Report: Artest To Sign With Lakers

Goodbye Trevor Ariza, hello Ron Artest? Looks like it. Ron Artest just told senior writer Ken Berger that he’ll be signing with the Lakers. Here’s a screenshot…

“I’m definitely going to L.A. — to sign, yeah,” Artest said in a phone interview. “Lakers, Lakers, Lakers. I’m in L.A. right now.”

Artest said he met with Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss Thursday and previously had spoken with Lakers coach Phil Jackson. He was en route to his financial manager’s office, where he planned to huddle on the phone with his agent, David Bauman, to finalize details…

“I don’t really care about the money,” Artest said. “I’ll play there for nothing. … L.A. was very interested in me, and they got me.”

Now, Artest ranks somewhere in between the Boy Who Cried Wolf and that Army impersonator on the believability scale, but this sounds like the real thing. After all, why would the Lakers let Trevor Ariza walk, especially after Kobe didn’t opt out specifically so the Lakers could re-sign him and Lamar Odom?  The Lakers also sold away draft picks to be able to sign both players. The only thing that makes sense to me is that the Lakers decided to let Ariza walk and sign a better player.

Artest is the better player by far (at least below the shoulders). If Kobe, Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher and former AAU teammate L.O. can keep him in check, then the Lakers have four of the top 25 players in the league, maybe top 20. Smells like a repeat to me if this is indeed true. I can totally see QB’s finest signing for the MLE to live out in L.A. and play with the Lakers. After all, he is always in L.A. and once was going to work at Circuit City. Money obviously ain’t a thang, and we know he loves L.A. More on this to come, but for now it looks to be the real deal.

  • Just Blog Baby

    Artest might not be the most reliable source and it is possible that he’s confused the 4th of July with April Fool’s Day, but I want to believe him on this one.

    There were some flirtations with getting him in Purple and Gold a couple years ago so this seed has been planted. Now it looks like GM Mitch might have upgraded a championship roster.


    Ariza, I hope you realize that Ron Ron would be taking a pay cut just for the chance to win a title.

    Ron Artest = The LeBron Stopper

    Might we see Havoc and Prodigy next to Snoop and Dre in Staples this fall?

  • lakers forever

    I was in the LA Coliseum when the crowd gave Ariza one of the loudest cheers. I hate to see him go. If what he says that he just want to play, then I hope he would resign here too for the mid level salary.

    Just trade Vujacic, Morrison and Walton.

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  • Gary

    The Lakers have so many great players, I feel like everyone wants them. I never started to watch the lakers until Jerry West started playing. I heard he is playing at the legends sports challenge. I can’t wait to see how the Lakers turn out next year.

  • http://9l86r2 jeet

    Kobe’s looming extension the Lakers will have Kobe, Artest, and Andrew Bynum under contract beyond the next two seasons.kobe in the artest respect to love. boston in you wallers loss. kobe will to want artest 3 point good champion will to playoff boston . boston out. lakers win.kobe or artest happy.