Knicks Turn Down Artest Deal?
Old 01-18-2008, 01:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I don't know about you guys, but Zeke's lost his mind. He's doesn't want to give up Nate or Balkman in any trade package? Come'on, that's laughable.

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Though Isiah Thomas keeps talking about not wanting to make a trade, there has been various reports he has turned down deals left and right, the New York Post is reporting.

In fact, ESPN reported Thomas turned down a chance at Ron Artest, because he didn't want to give up Nate Robinson and Renaldo Balkman in a package.

Naturally, the Knicks are banking Artest will opt out after the season and sign with the Knicks for the maximum five-year, $30 million mid-level contract. The same one they used for Jared Jeffries and Jerome James. Artest told The Post earlier this month the Knicks are on his radar, and he wouldn't mind being traded now.

It also was reported the Cavs were interested in Jamal Crawford, and the Knicks could have snared Larry Hughes in a package.

The Knicks appear to have been shopping Zach Randolph, to Milwaukee and the Nets for Vince Carter. Randolph has picked it his play since Friday's blowup with Thomas in which he may have asked Thomas to trade him in the locker-room afterward, according to a TV report.

Thomas and Randolph have denied it, but Randolph has played like he's trying to boost his stock.
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I wouldn't give up Nate and more importantly Balkman for Artest either. Artest is just another hyped, stat seeking headcase.
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Artest is a game changer on a good veteran team. NY isnt that, but at least he'd give them some toughness and play hard every night and the fans would never question their effort again with him on their team IMO. Nate will be out of the league within 5 years and Balkman is an 8th man at best. Just another reason why Isiah is a moron.
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My bad. I commented on another deal.

I don't know why the Knicks would turn that down. Neither Robinson or Balkman are that good. I think the Kings could get a better deal than that for Artest.
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