Artest in Wine and Gold?

Indiana Pacers star Ron Artest kicked off a firestorm Sunday, demanding a trade in an interview with The Indianapolis Star.

“I would go to Cleveland. I wouldn’t mind coming off the bench behind LeBron James.”

Well, let’s think about this:

  • It is highly doubtful the Pacers would trade him to a team within their own division.
  • Cavs leadership has serious questions about his character. This is despite Artest’s great defensive reputation and his history with Cavs coach Mike Brown.
  • It is doubtful that the Cavs would be willing to give up one of their prime assets for Artest.
  • Indiana Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh said Monday he’ll try to do that.

    Artest was the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 but has major warts. He was suspended for 73 games after chasing a fan into the stands last season, he once asked to take a month off to promote a record that he had produced and he has had numerous suspensions for flagrant fouls.

    What do you think? Would you like to see him in Cavs uniform? Who would you trade for him? Please feel free to add your comment and let us know what you think.