Former Lakers Star Metta Sandiford-Artest Reportedly Will Not Return to BIG3 in 2021

AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill. File According to Chris Haynes, Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes, Metta Sandiford Artest, a former NBA star, won't be competing in the BIG3 for 2021 season. Trilogy selected the 41 year-old in the first round BIG3 SuperDraft in May. In 2018, he played eight games for the Killer 3’s, averaging 7.4 ppg and 4.0 rebounds. Trilogy now has four players, with Sandiford-Artest out, Jarrett Jack (Amir Johnson), James White, and Isaiah Briscoe (Isaiah Briscoe). Stephen Jackson, the head coach, is racing against time to find a replacement. BIG3 will also be launching its next campaign in Las Vegas on Sunday. Sandiford-Artest was a prominent player in the SuperDraft pool. He was an NBA veteran for 17 years, and earned All-Star and All-NBA awards in 2003-04. This year was the one that preceded "The Malice at the Palace", which was a turning point in Sandiford Artest's career. Some of those demons were exorcised by his contribution to the 2010 NBA championship win for Los Angeles Lakers. He is a 6'6" forward who last played for the Lakers in 2016-17. He made 25 appearances for them. He averaged 13.2 points per game, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.7 steals during his time in the Association.

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