Ron Artest a.k.a. Mr. Metta World Peace may be taking his skills on the basketball court to the dance floor.

According to TMZ, the L.A. Lakers star is in talks with the producers from “Dancing with the Stars.”

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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Is there anything this guy won’t do for a little publicity?

We’ll wait…