What Must Happen For Ron Artest To Return To Indiana Pacers?
Could Artest sign with Indiana as an unrestricted free agent this summer? You remember his Pacer legacy, right? There were suspensions, requests for time off to promote music, the Malice N’ The Palace, and, worst of all, an infamous walkout which forced the team to trade him to Sacramento …
Mark Montieth of the Indianapolis Star reports on Ron Artest eyeing a return to the Pacers:
He (Artest) listed
and the Pacers as preferred destinations if he becomes a free agent, and added Sacramento, New York and Detroit to the list after more thought. Miami
My AM Take: Could Artest sign with
There were suspensions, requests for time off to promote music, the Malice N’ The Palace, and, worst of all, an infamous walkout which forced the team to trade him to
I’m not sure. I do believe Artest has grown. Last summer, he traveled to
What would have to happen for Artest to sign with the Pacers?
1) Jermaine O’Neal would have to be traded. The power forward felt betrayed by Artest’s walkout in December, 2005. I have no idea about O’Neal and Artest’s personal relationship, but there’s too much history for them to co-exist as teammates.
Fortunately, for Artest, O’Neal is on the trading block. What the Pacers receive back could rule out signing Ron-Ron.
2) He would have to convince Bird he’s changed. Through everything, Larry-legend professed a personal fondness for Artest. But the former Celtic was hurt by how things ended.
3) The price would have to be right.
It’s unlikely, but perhaps enough time has passed for Artest to return to Indiana.
Could Ron Artest return to
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