Kings forward Artest not opting out of final year

Updated: June 30, 2008, 10:32 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

On the last night of the NBA Finals, Ron Artest said he was "99 percent sure" he wouldn't opt out of his contract with the Sacramento Kings. Make it 100.

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"Not opting out," Artest told ESPN.com's Marc Stein via e-mail Monday night. "The Kings have been there for me, so the best I could do is stay in my contract."

Artest's agent, Mark Stevens, confirmed that his client will fulfill the final year, worth nearly $8 million.

Artest played in only 57 games due to injury last season and averaged 20.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

Senior writer Marc Stein covers the NBA for ESPN.com. ESPN Insider Chris Sheridan contributed to this report.

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