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Ron Artest -- In Talks with 'Dancing w/ the Stars'

7/27/2011 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ron Artest has a back-up plan in case the NBA lockout torpedoes next season -- we're told, Mr. World Peace is currently in talks with "Dancing with the Stars" ... and is seriously thinking about competing.

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Nothing's official yet -- but sources tell us, both Artest and "Dancing" producers have been in touch to hash out a possible deal ... and Ron's pretty excited about the prospect.

But here's the catch -- "Dancing" won't end 'til November and basketball season typically starts in October ... which means if the lockout ends early, Ron could be S.O.L.

That said, Ron could theoretically handle both commitments simultaneously -- because as TMZ first reported, "Dancing" producers are desperate for A-list talent ... so there will be NO minimum rehearsal requirement next season.

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16.

Warren    

Ron is a happy guy!

1098 days ago
17.

some guy    

DWTS: "OK, Metta, the Foxtrot goes 'quick quick slow, quick quick slow. Got it?"

Metta: "Aight, when do I start dribbling?"

1098 days ago
18.

Heidi    

I thought DWTS put out a statement that they were going to get 'higher caliber' celebs' this year ????

1098 days ago
19.

jbeans    

What happened to the NO D LISTERS? This show sucks anymore! They have people on we don't care about....another season I will no*****ch!

1098 days ago
20.

Scrum    

In what dimension is this wackjob an A-Lister?

1098 days ago
21.

Marianne    

So much for A-lists, huh? BTW, who the heck is this guy?

1097 days ago
22.

JakeRashony    

According to OMGG, they are getting Snooki

http://www.omdoubleg.com/entertainment/dancing-with-the-stars-promises-to-have-actual-star-this-season/

1097 days ago
23.

George J    

I read this morning that DWTS will maybe get Snooki! WTF?

http://www.omdoubleg.com/entertainment/dancing-with-the-stars-promises-to-have-actual-star-this-season/

1097 days ago
24.

who cares    

TMZ his name is Metta World Peace. Did you not get the memo?

1097 days ago
25.

en Todo Momento!!    

señor artest bailar muchooooo bueno!!!

1096 days ago
26.

shark    

They should change the name to Dancing with the Sluts & Thugs!!!!

1089 days ago
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