Hmmm… So I’m still trying to decide if I like this Ron Artest deal that went down today.
NBA front-office sources confirmed to ESPN.com that Artest will be dealt to the Rockets in exchange for Houston’s first-round draft pick in 2009, ex-King Bobby Jackson (who arrives with a $6.1 million expiring contract) and the draft rights to Donte Greene. The Kings will also receive more than $1 million in cash, according to The Houston Chronicle, but the deal can’t be announced before Aug. 14 because Greene is not eligible to be traded before then.
This is an interesting deal. If you look at it on paper, this team looks like they will be unstoppable. With this deal they will become the deepest lineup in the league.
If everyone can stay healthy and sane then this could be a big season for the Rockets.
Will Ron Artest be able to keep his cool?? I think he will probably be ok. The Rockets have a lot of vets on the team that won’t have that. Guys like Tmac, Battier and Barry will help keep things cool.
I think this is a great deal for the Rockets.
It’s not bad for the Kings either. They get two expiring contracts and a young guy with a lot of potential in Donte Greene plus a first rounder next year.
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