Tuesday , Jan , 01 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Miami Heat Interested in Ron Artest, Mickael Pietrus

Speaking of which, I’m told by a reliable source that Miami remains very interested in Artest. The Heat are reportedly interested again in Golden State’s Mickael Pietrus. So just as was the case during the offseason, it seems the Heat are again deliberating between Artest and Pietrus as a means of saving their dreadful season. For the immediate future, I could see Artest having a far greater impact than Pietrus playing with Shaq and D-Wade.

Meanwhile, Kenny Thomas – who continues to simply do what Kings coach Reggie Theus asks of him but would certainly like being somewhere where he plays more than 12.6 minutes per game – could certainly be a part of any Mike Bibby/Artest deal as well, and the Heat’s expiring contracts are certainly a solid starting point to any negotiations. That may be Thomas’ way out, as Petrie hasn’t pulled the trigger on any offers for that contract on its own in the last few years. All in all, these guys are going nowhere more than they’re going forward right now…(Click here for more from the Sacramento Bee.)