Artest update

The Lakers are believed to be interested in trading for Ron Artest, but aren’t willing to send Lamar Odom to the Sacramento Kings to get him — that’s the bottom line.
The Lakers know they need more toughness, but are eager to see the 6-foot-10 Odom with 7-footers Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum on their front line next season.
Artest swapped e-mails with an reporter over the weekend, indicating he would welcome a trade from Sacramento and second-guessing (again!) his decision to stay with the Kings rather than opt out of his contract July 1.
The Lakers reportedly have coveted Artest for quite some time, going back to the days before they acquired Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies last Feb. 1. They believe Artest could mesh with Coach Phil Jackson and superstar guard Kobe Bryant.
They just don’t want to deal Odom to get Artest.

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