Artest hasn't finalized anything yet, but it sounds like things are moving in that direction. As for the type of message Artest would be sending by donating his salary:
The message is about the inspiration. That’s what I want, to inspire people. People will be like, ‘Wow. Why is he doing this? Oh, that’s why. Wow. We need to help educate.’ I didn’t come [to the Lakers] for the money. Obviously I could have gone somewhere else, even a lesser market. Pay less taxes. The taxes here are freaking killing me, you know what I’m saying?”
If Artest goes through with the plan, he'll take another step towards healing his once wounded image. Of course, if David Stern gets his way and there's a lockout next season, Artest won't have a salary to donate. He will, however, have more time to focus on his burgeoning rap career.