Monday , Jun , 09 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Ron Artest Aiming to Play in New York

The critics are still out on what kind of defensive identity the Knicks will develop under new coach Mike D’Antoni. Perhaps Ron Artest can help.

The Knicks may have a chance to sign Artest to a five-year, $30 million mid-level exception, if he opts out of the last year of his contract with the Sacramento Kings and becomes a free agent on July 1. That contract would pay him $7.4 million. It’s even a possibility the Knicks could work a sign-and-trade with Sacramento, if the Kings would agree to it. [NY Daily News]