Tuesday , Jul , 01 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Ron Artest Won’t Opt out this Summer

On the last night of the NBA Finals, Ron Artest said he was "99 percent sure" he wouldn’t opt out of his contract with the Sacramento Kings. Make it 100.

"Not opting out," Artest told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein via e-mail Monday night. "The Kings have been there for me, so the best I could do is stay in my contract."

Artest’s agent, Mark Stevens, confirmed that his client will fulfill the final year, worth nearly $8 million.