Mitch Kupchak Statement on Ron Artest

Kobe - Ron ArtestA statement released on Thursday evening from Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak:

We have entered into discussions with Ron Artest and it is our intention to sign him to a contract at the conclusion of the moratorium period.

The free agency moratorium period started on July 1, when free agents were allowed to speak to NBA teams, and concludes on July 7, setting July 8 as the target date for the potential, official agreement between the Lakers and Artest.