The Rich Get Richer: Lakers Land Artest
ESPN is reporting the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to terms with Ron Artest. It won’t become official until July 8th, but unless the deal his a snag, the Lakers can almost be penciled in for another trip to the Finals.
The Lakers already got a gift when they were handed Pau Gasol for Marc Gasol and some scraps. Now Ron Artest will take less money to join the Lakers squad, which is shaping up to be a dynasty. I cannot fault Artest for wanting to win a ring. There have been many players who have taken cuts to win titles. He point blank came out and said “I’m not playing for the money anymore.”
There aren’t many players who can somewhat keep Kobe in check. Now one of them is on his team.
It wasn’t all good news for the Lakers as Trevor Ariza, an important part of their title team, has agreed to join the Rockets. Cleveland, who was interested in both wing players, has to feel a little left out in the cold as they missed out on two chances to add more firepower to the LeBron-Shaq marriage.