Saturday , May , 17 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Ron Artest, Geoff Petrie Likely to Stay in Sacramento

The Kings futures of small forward Ron Artest and basketball president Geoff Petrie appear likely to be extended.

Artest, who can control his free-agency fate this summer, indicated via e-mail late Thursday night he’s not planning to leave Sacramento. Also Thursday, Kings co-owner Joe Maloof said he intends to pick up the 2009-10 contract option for basketball president Geoff Petrie.

Artest – who has until June 30 to exercise an early termination option in his contract for the 2008-09 season – said he and his agent are not plotting to explore free agency. [Sacramento Bee]