The inside story of the Artest-Stojakovic trade

Originally Published: January 28, 2006
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
The Ron Artest saga (at least this episode) is finally over. After a six-week wait, Artest is a Sacramento King and Peja Stojakovic is an Indiana Pacer.

How did it happen? What went on behind the scenes?

Pacers president Donnie Walsh spoke with ESPN.com on the phone on Thursday and laid out what happened and why the Pacers did what they did.

When did the Pacers decide to trade him? Why did it take so long? Did they almost trade for Corey Maggette? What other deals came close?

And what happened in those last crazy 48 hours when the deal almost happened, died and then was resurrected on Wednesday?

Walsh provides the answers.

Chad Ford

Senior Writer, NBA Insider