Thursday , Jan , 31 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Trade Deadline Looms, Ron Artest Could be Dealt

The Ron Artest era in Sacramento might be nearing an end. While the notion of the Kings small forward being traded has long been possible, it began to appear even more likely that he could be gone by the Feb. 21 trade deadline after a day in which both Artest and basketball president Geoff Petrie spoke like two parties not long for one another.Artest – who said for the first time on Jan. 19 that he is likely to opt out of his contract this season and become a free agent – told The Bee’s Martin McNeal that he didn’t foresee a long-term future in Sacramento. Petrie, meanwhile, indicated that he and Artest have had recent conversations in which the reality that he could be moved before the deadline was reiterated.  Click here for more from the Sacramento Bee.