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Father says World Peace to Knicks “big possibility”

Jul 12, 2013, 10:23 AM EDT

Metta World Peace AP

It seems like this is something both sides want to happen, the question is will a handful of other NBA teams let it?

The Lakers officially amnestied Metta World Peace and his $7.7 million contract on Thursday. That officially started the clock on his future NBA status — any of the 11 NBA teams under the salary cap can claim World Peace off waivers for the equivalent of the veteran minimum ($1.4 million in this case) and they would pay that amount of his salary (the Lakers pick up the remainder up to the full $7.7 million).

That’s not what World Peace wants. He wants to be a free agent so he can sign with the Knicks on a one-year veteran minimum deal, his father told the New York Post.

“I feel it’s a big, big possibility,’’ Artest Sr. told The Post Thursday night of his son joining the Knicks. “If the Knicks go after Ron, I can’t see him turning them down.’’

It should be noted, Artest also said he has not spoken to his son about this.

World Peace might not be happy if a smaller market team, a non-contender bid on him, but he’s not going to retire. Unless he wants to forfeit the entire $7.7 million.

The Knicks would be silly not to try to get him if World Peace becomes a free agent. He is not the perimeter defender he once was, but he’s still pretty good and along with a healthy Iman Shumpert would give the Knicks better defense on the wings (making Tyson Chandler’s life easier). World Peace can score some but what he really brings is energy every night. Something else the Knicks could certainly use.

What did World Peace himself say? He was having some fun on twitter after the news went down.

  1. cantonbound13 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    It would be a bad idea for a team to claim him that he has no interest in playing for. He would be a nice fit for NY or San Antonio.

  2. asimonetti88 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    I for one want to see MWP play for the Kings.

  3. dezglobal - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    He’ll be a knick next week.

  4. onlyavoice - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    The Knicks Have A Ball Hog Like Kobe In Melo
    So Metta Knows The System (Do Nothing But Watch Melo).
    Not Much Of A Intelligent Bunch On The Knicks So He’ll Fit Right In
    & Then There’s The Thug Mentality.
    Looks Like Home To Metta.

    • mentalhealth54 - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      onlyavoice, you have no voice. you know nothing about who fits where. you appear to have an ignorant way of looking at the real picture. probably due to your one sided mentality. you have the thuggish mentality. get a life dude!!!

      • spthegr8 - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        @mental
        Judging by his previous post. This IS his life. He is a “TROLL”!! & not even a good one!!

  5. jzone954 - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    You all can enjoy that……

  6. asimonetti88 - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    I’m gonna miss World Peace by the way. He came to play every game, didn’t complain, was our best defensive player over the last four years, and had a playoff run for the ages in 2010. He’ll always be a Laker in my mind.

  7. yuwannano - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    I don’t care where he plays as long as he stays on Twitter. That guy is crazy!

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