Originally Posted by JMG
Looks like the Lakers get Artest (and Ariza signs with Houston). Now I hope Odom remains a Laker, so it will be a great team.
I doubt Shaq wins any title with the Cavs.
Odom + Ariza is better than Odom + Artest. The Lakers shouldn't have done this if Ariza wasn't asking for much more than the Mid Level Exception.
Ariza is way younger than Artest, he's less volatile than Artest, and he's more unselfish/efficient on offense than Artest. Ron-Ron's defense is a bit overrated; he's not that quick anymore and he can't hand-check the hell out of players like he did when he was with Indiana.
This move has the potential to backfire, particularly if Jackson doesn't return as coach. I'm guessing he'll be back, though.