Lakers Sign Ron Artest

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Looks like the LA Lakers are going to sign Ron Artest, and let Trevor Ariza walk in free agency. Like Kevin Pelton, I’m pretty skeptical that swap improves the team even before you take into consideration that fact that Ariza is considerably younger and less crazy. Ariza is a more efficient scorer than Artest, and I don’t think it makes much sense to say that the Lakers needed another shot creator.

I find the move especially puzzling since LA seems to have a much clearer need at point guard.

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