Ron Artest in Wine & Gold?

Apparently Ron Artest wants out of Indiana, and listed Cleveland as one of the teams he’d like to be traded to.

“I would go to Cleveland. I wouldn’t mind coming off the bench behind LeBron James. There’s a lot of players I wouldn’t mind coming off the bench behind.”

Hmm…talk about being conflicted.

On the one hand, I mean, it’s Ron Freaking Artest, the guy who breaks cameras, taunts coaches and instigates riots. Who wants a nut like that?

But on the other hand, it’s Ron Freaking Artest, the best one-on-one defender in the game, and certainly the most dominant. What’s the Cavaliers’ most glaring weakness? Did you see last night’s 111-106 loss to Milwaukee? Did you see any defense?

Of course, this isn’t likely to happen. The Pacers wouldn’t want to move Artest to a division opponent, and the Cavs probably won’t be willing to match the asking price. And that’s assuming Indiana wants to trade him in the first place. For all the baggage, there aren’t many players who can dominate both sides of the floor like Ron Artest, and for that reason I doubt the Pacers will trade him. At least this year.

Still, would I want him in Cleveland? I’m not sure. I mean, it’s Ron Freaking Artest…and I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

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