Murphy Package for Artest?
ESPN Daily Dime
If the Golden State Warriors now lead the Ron Artest Sweepstakes, as some of the other Artest suitors believe, don't expect a trade before Friday at the earliest.
Reason being: Indy visits Golden State in a nationally televised game Thursday.
Just a hunch but I'm guessing the Pacers would rather see Artest debut for his new team against someone else.
The name of Warriors power forward Troy Murphy has been increasingly mentioned as a key component of any Warriors-Pacers swap, but it remains to be seen A) if Golden State would be willing to part with Murphy and B) if Indiana is truly prepared to absorb Murphy's contract (which runs for five more seasons beyond this one at $51 million).