Crazy Ron-Ron is taking his act to the Houston Rockets. The Kings agreed to trade away their volatile yet talented swingman for Donte Greene (the 28th pick in this year’s draft), Bobby Jackson and a first round pick in 2009. Wait, there must be more. Nope. This ranks right up there with the Pau Gasol heist. Since Houston has a solid core (55-27 last season) and only has to pay Artest $7 million for one year, they must feel he’s worth the risk. And it looks like Ron is ready to fight for a title:
Said Artest: “Boston kind of blitzed the whole league with that trio they have. To pretty much compete for a championship, you need a trio and some great role players. I guess if it’s McGrady, Yao and Artest … I’ll let everybody else do the math.”
If Artest stays sane, and that’s a big IF, I see the Rockets as the best team in the Western conference. And you can tell Rockets fans feel the same way because they are already coming to Red’s Army to talk smack.
In other news, it looks like Luol Deng is about to get $71 million from the Bulls.