|NBA ‘problem child’, Ron Artest is on the move and he could be heading to the New York Knicks, if oddsmakers at Sportsbook.com are correct.|
The Knicks are 5-2 favourites to bring Artest back to his home city of New York if the former Defensive Player of the Year is granted his request for a trade from the Indiana Pacers.
Peter Childs, oddsmaker at Sportsbook.com said, ‘The Knicks are struggling and if there''''s one team in the league willing to make major mid-season changes, it''''s New York.’
Sacramento, who have their own disgruntled star in Peja Stojakovic, is a 3-1 bet to pull off a trade for Artest, . Rumors of an Artest for Stojakovic deal go back a couple of years and the timing may finally be right for it to go ahead.
Further back in the odds are Atlanta at 6-1, Memphis at 8-1 and Philadelphia at 12-1.
Childs added, ‘Artest is possibly the best defender in the League and also has a rapidly developing offensive game. If he can keep his emotions in check he could turn a team from also-rans to contender, or from contender to NBA champion.’