by Brett Edwards
Saw this story from Pro Basketball News claiming the Pacers are close to trading Ron Artest to the Lakers basically for Devean George. Also, the Raptors would be involved as the third team, and would end up with Austin Croshere and the Lakers would get Jalen Rose as well.
As someone who has watched Devean George play his entire career with the Lakers, a huge problem comes to mind: HE SUCKS. No, really. He sucks. For his career, he averages 6 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist per game (382 games played), and shoots 39% from the field. These numbers don't begin to tell the tales of all of the boneheaded plays George has made throughout his career, including many ill-advised shots, horrible turnovers, and generally poor defense. Ask any Laker fan, and they'll confirm how bad he is.
Donnie Walsh, Pacers GM, recently said about 20 of the 30 NBA teams had called to inquire about trading for Artest. You mean to tell me this is the best he can do? I seriously doubt it. Walsh is one of the top 5 GMs in the league, and I find it very hard to believe this is the offer that makes the most sense for the Pacers. Hey, if somehow it happens, great. I would love to have a title contender back in L.A. I miss going to the playoffs and Finals every year. I just don't see it.