Tuesday , Feb , 05 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Ron Artest Could be Moved Before the Trade Deadline

It’s unclear whether Ron Artest no longer wants to be in Sacramento or if he feels unwanted. Yet with the Feb. 21 trade deadline approaching, the Kings’ small forward continues to make it clear that he sees the end in sight. Asked after Monday’s practice about first-year coach Reggie Theus and the job he’s done this season, Artest – who said last week that he didn’t see himself in the Kings’ long-term plans – said Theus and his team would be better off without him.

‘He’s doing good; he’s doing good,’ Artest said of Theus. ‘I just think they (the Kings) would be better if I wasn’t on the team. I think (Theus) would be doing much better.’When asked via e-mail long after practice if he wants to be traded, Artest would not give an indication. He did say, however, that he sees himself as an obstacle of sorts to the progression of teammates Francisco García and John Salmons. ‘García and Salmons blossom better when I’m not around,’ he wrote. ‘I really enjoy watching them.  John Salmons is someone that I look up to and García is a very great friend and I like watching them play.’ And not too long  from now, Artest is convinced, he’ll be watching them from afar.
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