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Artest's agent refutes Finland report

Posted on: June 28, 2011 5:14 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 5:27 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Earlier, we told you about the basketball player formerly known as Ron Artest and his plans to play in Finland at some point this summer. A random thing, but something totally unsurprising for Metta World Peace.

However, Artest's agent is now shooting down that original report. Via the LA Times:
Amid various Internet reports indicting Lakers forward Ron Artest plans to play for a Finland professional basketball team, agent David Bauman said they aren't true and are nothing more than a "publicity stunt."

"I'm his agent and nothing has come across my desk," Bauman said. "Although Ron has asked me to explore all options over in Europe in the event of a prolonged lockout, there are several legal and business considerations that have to be addressed. The biggest one involves insurance. None of those have been addressed and I don't even know who this guy claiming to have an agreement is. Final thing is what if the league has a lockout for say two weeks and then end up getting a deal. It becomes a moot point."

Bauman did say that Artest told him to look into options for him to play in Europe, but "certainly not with a small team in Finland." It would be a challenge for Artest to sign a deal overseas as he still has three years left on his current deal with the Lakers.

I find it funny though that Bauman said that he's Artest's agent so he would know. When it's totally possible that knowing Ron Artest, he didn't think to alert Bauman of some crazy thing he's done. That's kind of the Metta World Peace way, you know?
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