Thursday, July 2, 2009


Ron Artest is going to LA to join the defending champion LA Lakers. The Lakers and Rockets who swapped players by agreeing to terms with Lakers free agent forward Trevor Ariza, whom Artest will be replacing in Los Angeles. The deal will be for five years at the mid-level exception, based on last season's $5.585 million amount for the mid-level, Ariza would get around $32 million. During the 2nd round of the 2008-2009 West playoff Artest and Bryant where at each others neck, both of this players will be glad to be on the same side this coming season. For me this deal is a good one, since Ron Artest is a much better player compared to Ariza, though Ariza was a big factor in the Lakers winning the championship. Artest who average 17.1 points, 1.5 steals and 3.3 assists a game last year compared to Ariza 8.9 points, 1.7 steals, 1.8 assists.

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