Lakers close to deal with Artest
Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times
The Lakers are close to reaching an agreement with Artest.
The move would probably end the pursuit of forward Trevor Ariza.
By Mike Bresnahan
July 3, 2009
The Lakers are close to reaching an agreement with Houston Rockets forward Ron Artest, The Times has learned.
Artest has been meeting with Lakers executives throughout the day and is expected to agree to terms later this afternoon.
UPDATE (5:00 pm)- ESPN.com's Chris Broussard reports the deal would be worth "an estimated $18 million" over three years, which is a perfect length from LA's standpoint. Artest will be 30 in November. BK