Pacers aren't pushing Artest . . . yet

Are the Sonics ready to send Brent Barry to the Pacers for Ron Artest?

Updated: September 12, 2003, 11:51 AM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
Ten days, a trip to Africa, and 16,000 frequent-flyer miles later, here's what we're hearing around the league. . .

  • It's nice to see Peter Vescey awake from his summer hibernation. But his report in the New York Post that the Pacers might trade Ron Artest to the Sonics for Brent Barry simply can't happen. Artest is starting the first year of his six-year extension this year. That makes Artest a base-year compensation player. That means in any trade for Artest, the Pacers can take back only $2.7 million of Artest's $5.5 million salary. Barry makes $5.4 million this year, so there's a $2.6 million gap that would have to be made up.

    Chad Ford

    Senior Writer, NBA Insider