NBA Trade Rumors: 10 Reasons the Lakers Should Send Ron Artest Packing

After the Lakers dropped another close game last night against a top NBA opponent, it has become more than apparent that L.A. has to make a move before the Feb. 24 trade deadline arrives.

With a 34-16 record, the Lakers have dropped to third place in the Western Conference and are reeling as of late. Phil Jackson's club is 5-5 in their last ten games and just 1-5 against the top five teams in the NBA this season.

The point here is that the Lakers need a change, and all signs point to Ron Artest as the guy that the Lakers need to part ways with. It was publicly reported earlier this week that the former NBA defensive player of the year is unhappy with the Lakers and his role on the team. Combine that with the fact that his production is down this year and the Lakers have a serious decision to make about the future of their starting small forward.

Let's break this down and look at 10 reasons why the Lakers should send Artest packing.

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