Originally Posted by MyLakers
Although I still think that Artest is a cancer, I am not saying that we shouldnt take on Ron Artest under ANY circumstances. But more that the likely cost to actually get him is too much to gamble on. Some of you have suggested trades involving Cook, Sasha and draft picks. Hell, if the Maloofs were willing to make those trade, then of course we should take it. But their not. They are not going to give us something for virtually nothing. They hate LA. To get Artest, all accounts suggest that it will take Kwame's expiring contract. So some of you are thnking, Artest for Kwame? that's a no brainer! If you are one of those who just thought that, you dont get it. It is not about Kwame, its about the VALUE of his expiring contract. His contract, if traded correctly, could be the piece that allows us to get a Gasol, Bibby, O'neal (which I'm not in favor of) or some other proven veteran that is NOT a nut case.
Then some of you have said, "if it doesnt work out, then no biggie, we cut him loose and move on." Same argument as above. This would mean we would have blown our only chance to cash in on his expiring contract on someone that didn't "work out."
MyLakers, I very well understand your concern with Artest but I disagree on some of your points.
In my point of view, everything outside of Kobe, Odom and Bynum is not overpaying for a guy like Artest because all of our players like Farmar, Evans and Turiaf are a dime a dozen in the NBA.
As for Kwame's expiring deal I also agree. It's not the value of Kwame the player, it's the value of Kwame's contract however, the Lakers have done absolutley nothing with their expiring contracts the last 3-4 years and that has got to come to an end.
Kwame for Artest is a great calculated risk because don't forget how good Artest is and what he'd bring to this team.
Toughness, agression, defense, 2nd scoring option... Just too many things.
His presence would make us different team in terms of intagables and talent.
We'd just be so much more improved with Artest as opposed to what we have right now.
Artest's mental state is an issue but I say that's a risk we got to take.
Unlike most other places, Artest wants to play for the Lakers.
Unlike most people in the NBA, Artest respects both Kobe and Phil.
That IMO gives me a good feeling about the deal and it gives us a much better chance of having a sane Artest on our team who won't go crazy on anyone. He respects the team and key people on the team.
Another thing you're right about is that Maloofs hate the Lakers and we'd most likely need to offer more than any other team.
I say heck, DO IT!!
Kwame/Turiaf/Cook/Evans for Artest/Kenny Thomas.
I don't see how they could refuse this deal. Works for us too. Thomas is a large contract but if we're in a win now mode it shouldn't hurt us at all especially since guy can play and is still fairly young.
With the core of Kobe-Artest-Odom, emerging Bynum and Farmar, improved Radmanovic, the MLE, #19 pick, 2 2nd round picks etc we'd have plenty of pieces to build a contender.
And if things don't work out...Artest's contract isn't long and we still have Kobe, Odom, Bynum and some more pieces so you don't lose much.
On another hand you trade for JO (for example) and you give them away everything including your lunch money too. If things don't work out, where you at? You're f'ed up. Now, don't get me wrong. I want JO badly.
But the thing with Artest is that even if thigns don't work out, you haven't lost anything. If things don't work out which I like the odds for....ooooh booy, rings rings rings, here we come.