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July 13, 2008
Artest saga goes on (and on and on...)

From no comments to no shortage of comments, Ron Artest vented to the NBA nation once again over the weekend.
The Kings small forward who was in Las Vegas to watch summer league continued to lament his decision to not opt out in an e-mail exchange with ESPN's Marc Stein. While many of Artest's sentiments qualify as elaboration on previous statements, he indicated that he will be representing himself as an agent. That was news to his actual agent, Mark Stevens, who said on Sunday night that he still represents Artest.
"I haven't heard anything about that," Stevens said by phone. "I don't know anything about it."
Asked about his reaction if it proved to be true, he said, "I don't respond to 'ifs.'"
Artest also made it clear to Stein that he is all for a trade to the Lakers, and all indications on my end continue to show that it's a real possibility. Lamar Odom is, according to my sources, indeed available should the Kings want him and the Ronny Turiaf situation still plays a part here. Stein, who surely must have cloned himself with how he covers the league, weighs in on that element here. Yahoo!'s Johnny Ludden, who was on hand courtside at summer league for Artest's 'no comment' session on Saturday, has a beat on the situation as always in this piece .
Off to Vegas in the early morning... - Sam Amick



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