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Reports: If Lakers amnesty Metta World Peace he hopes to land with Knicks

Jul 9, 2013, 4:17 PM EDT

Metta World Peace poses for a photo during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles Reuters

It is still an “if” — if the Lakers amnesty Metta World Peace.

The report came out Monday night that the Lakers were leaning that way, jettisoning World Peace to save a few bucks (isn’t that just like corporate America). But nothing is decided yet.

However, if World Peace is set free he would like to land with the Knicks, reports Jared Zwerling at ESPNNewYork.com.

Amid rumors that Metta World Peace will be released by the Los Angeles Lakers via the amnesty clause, his longtime friend and head of his foundation, Jose Morales, said the forward “hopes to land with the Knicks.”

“If the Lakers do amnesty him, he might want to retire,” Morales said. “If one of these small-market teams picks him up, he won’t be happy with that. He doesn’t want to play there.”

Morales said World Peace would also be open to playing for the Clippers, but if he can’t stay in Los Angeles he would only want to play in New York, his hometown.

When a player is amnestied he goes on to a waiver wire where a team under the salary cap can bid and pick him up and take over a portion of his old salary (the player still gets paid his full salary, the remainder is picked up by the team that amnestied him). Which is to say, when/if the Lakers amnesty World Peace he could get picked up by the Bobcats or Suns. Which would force World Peace’s hand.

But if he gets through the waiver process he is an unrestricted free agent. Then it’s just a matter of money… and the Knicks don’t have much.

New York could offer the veteran minimum or whatever is left of their mini midlevel of $3.2 million. But that’s it. Not that it really matters too much as World Peace would get paid anyway.

It is something to watch, if he is amnestied (and it looks like he will be).

  1. skinsfanwill - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    I would stay way from him if I’m not LA. He seems to be somewhat mentally stable now. Must be the smog. If he goes back to NY (or anywhere else) he might lose his damn mind again.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      NYC has enough smog to keep Mr. World War totally nuts.

  2. acdc363 - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    would be awesome!

  3. thetooloftools - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    He needs to move on to that singing/rapping career he was so focused on a few years ago.

  4. 00maltliquor - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    SAY QUEENSBRIDGE!!

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      Compton.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:52 PM

        That’ll work, I’ll go with that too. My family is from there.

  5. 00maltliquor - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Waitaminute….it’s an IF he gets amnestied!!? WTH, I thought this was a done deal! Dangit PBT, you put me through all those emotions last night!

    KOBE: Use your power to get the Lakers to keep him around! C’mon!!

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:08 PM

      I’d say it’s likely, not for sure.

  6. saint1997 - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Great pickup for the Knicks if they can get him – still seems like a smokescreen to disincentivize small market teams from bidding

    • stayhigh_247 - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      hopefully it works.

    • longtallsam - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      Disincentivize? I don’t believe that is a word! I think maybe “discourage” is the word you were looking for!

      • adcruise - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:58 PM

        “disincentivize” is a word and it basically means discourage.

      • saint1997 - Jul 9, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        dis·in·cen·tiv·ize
        /ˌdisinˈsentivīz/
        Verb
        Discourage (a person or course of action) by removing an incentive: “would such legislation disincentivize marriage?”.

        Boom

      • cornbreadbbqred - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:45 AM

        11 million more dollars than you have brain cells; fake that!

  7. money2long - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    wouldn’t woodson love his defensive intensity, hustle and versatility with matchups ?

    • spthegr8 - Jul 9, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      ^^^^^ Yeah he would. With MWP and Shump, they have a much better chance of slowing down LBJ and Wade in the playoffs ( If they run into them ) Same thing with the Pacers with George and Granger ( if he comes back healthy ).

    • eboneseagles - Jul 9, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      This would also be awesome because then melo can still start at the 4. Felton,Shump,Artest,Melo,Chandler with JR coming in early to replace Metta is really solid for us.

  8. jaredo10 - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    best replacement for rasheed/martin .. if he doesn’t resign

  9. camodaddy26 - Jul 9, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    $30 mil is not a just “a few bucks”. Dwightmare’s exit really screwed this team up.

  10. eboneseagles - Jul 9, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    This is pretty much the only way the knicks can bring in anyone with solid talent, so I really hope this works and he takes the vet minimum since he has that 11 million from the fakers regardless.

    • cornbreadbbqred - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:40 AM

      11 million more dollars than you have brain cells; fake that!

  11. dezglobal - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    I read his exact quote and he said The Knicks, The Clippers, The Nets, The Heat, The Spurs and The Pacers are the only places he’d consider.

  12. cornbreadbbqred - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    If the Lakers do amnesty him, you can bet Metta would be sure to thank Jim Buss’ and Mitch Kupchek’s psychiatrists!

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