Friday , Jan , 18 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

New York Knicks Eying Ron Artest

Though Isiah Thomas keeps talking about not wanting to make a trade, there has been various reports he has turned down deals left and right.In fact, ESPN reported Thomas turned down a chance at Ron Artest, because he didn’t want to give up Nate Robinson and Renaldo Balkman in a package.  Naturally, the Knicks are banking Artest will opt out after the season and sign with the Knicks for the maximum five-year, $30 million mid-level contract.

The same one they used for Jared Jeffries and Jerome James. Artest told The Post earlier this month the Knicks are on his radar, and he wouldn’t mind being traded now.It also was reported the Cavs were interested in Jamal Crawford, and the Knicks could have snared Larry Hughes in a package. Click here for more from the New York Post.