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“I would just treat it like a business” - Metta Sandiford-Artest shares what he would do if he were playing for the Los Angeles Lakers

Being a part of the Lakers means being constantly involved in trade rumors. Metta Sandiford-Artest has a solution for that.
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The Los Angeles Lakers are a hot mess right now, and it is looking like the best way to improve the team is by changing up the roster via trade. However, for most players, seeing their names appear in trade rumors can have a negative impact on their play. As for former Lakers champion Metta Sandiford-Artest, it's all part of the business.

"If you get cut or traded, you'll feel hurt because basketball is everything to you," said Artest. "So, it doesn't feel like a business now. From the outside looking in, I would just treat it like a business."

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Comes with the territory

Artest also mentioned that trades might not even happen at all, despite trade rumor mills always swirling. There are also instances when some players would expect a deal to eventually come, only to see themselves on the same team they're already in by the end of the season.

Many past and present Lakers have first-hand experience with the former Defensive Player of the Year's sentiment. It comes with the territory of being a part of one of the league's marquee franchises. This season, a lot of Lakers players have already been involved in trade rumors, even Anthony Davis.

Still, no trade has come to fruition. And it doesn't seem like the front office has the sense of urgency to improve the squad through a roster upgrade.

Can Lakers still contend?

If no deal is coming, then any improvement will come from within the organization. And players who have reportedly been shopped around will need to report for business as usual with no hard feelings.

That could be difficult for some of them, but maybe the possibility of fighting for a playoff spot can dispel all negative feelings. The chances of that happening seem like a far-fetched idea now. But with a lot of time left in the season, anything can happen.

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