Former Houston Rockets forward Ron Artest will sign with the Los Angeles Lakers on Julu 8th when free agent acquisitons become legal, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.
“I’m definitely going to L.A. — to sign, yeah,” Artest said in a phone interview. “Lakers, Lakers, Lakers. I’m in L.A. right now.”
Bringing Artest in will likely be the Lakers counter to Trevor Ariza leaving the team for more money elsewhere.
The deal is believed to be worth $18 million over three seasons.
“I don’t really care about the money,” Artest said. “I’ll play there for nothing. … L.A. was very interested in me, and they got me.”
Artest will get to play along side childhood friend Lamar Odom and work on his music label as well as compete for a basketball championship during his time in LA.
Ron will silence all critics that called the Lakers a soft team, being one of the most, if not the most, physical players in the NBA.
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