NBA Rumors: Lakers Trying To Ditch Ron Artest While Adding Carmelo Anthony

Over the weekend, reports surfaced that the Los Angels Lakers had contacted the Charlotte Bobcats about a possible trade involving current Laker Ron Artest for Charlotte's Gerald Wallace or Stephen Jackson.

In the second year of a five-year contract with the Lakers, Artest seems disappointed with his limited role in the team's offense. 

Through 49 games, he is averaging career lows in points (8.1 per game) and field goal attempts (7.8 per game), showing his difficulties in adjusting to the triangle offense.

This season, his field goal percentage is lower than his career average at 40 percent.

On the flip-side, his three-point percentage is up from last season.

Artest is even struggling rebounding the rock, with an all-time career-low at three rebounds a game.

His defense, something he is known to be great at, has been an issue this year as well, averaging around 1.4 steals per game. Ironically, Artest averaged the same amount of steals last season.

Playing time has been issue for Artest this season as well. His minutes are down to a career-low 28.4 per game, almost five minutes less than last season.

The Lakers knew what they were getting when they signed Artest: An intimidating player who relies heavily on his defensive abilities to lock down anyone in the league.

Artest was sought after to lock down small forwards Kevin Durant and Paul Pierce. If they trade him, who is going to guard Durant? And if the Lakers and Celtics make the finals again, who is going to guard Pierce?

For another matter, if the Celtics don't make the finals and the Miami Heat do, who would guard LeBron James?

If your answer to this question is Anthony, you might want to think again.

All the talk the past few days of a deal of center Andrew Bynum to the Denver Nuggets for Carmelo makes little sense.

First, you lose a young and solid se...

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