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Reports: Metta World Peace clears amnesty waivers, Knicks may be frontrunners

Jul 14, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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Metta World Peace is known for saying a lot of things that may provide entertainment value, but that you can’t always take 100 percent seriously.

For example, after being amnestied by the Lakers, World Peace said he may consider playing basketball in China or even giving arena football a try before he’d look to an NBA return with another team next season.

None of that seems likely. But we now know that World Peace has cleared the amnesty waiver process, and is an unrestricted free agent, with at least one team already looking to add him to the roster.

From Al Innazzone of Newsday:

If Metta World Peace clears amnesty waivers at 5 pm, the Knicks are expected to be first in line to sign him.

And the interest appears to be mutual.

From Sam Amick of USA Today:

On Metta World Peace: personal component (kids etc.) was coming into play in Clippers preference, but now hearing Knicks are again priority.

The Clippers were thought to be preferable to World Peace, due to the fact that he’d get to remain in Los Angeles while joining a stacked team that would be favored to advance deep into the postseason.

But World Peace is from New York, as he likes to often (and sometimes famously) remind us. Knicks head coach Mike Woodson is no stranger to managing quirky personalities, getting the most out of J.R. Smith last season.

World Peace may be unique from a personality standpoint, but has an excellent reputation for having a strong work ethic and taking his job seriously. He can still defend at an above average rate, and can knock down the three at times when he gets his chances. He averaged 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in 33.7 minutes per game for the Lakers last season.

  1. saint1997 - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    That would fit really well. He’s seriously developed into a consistent 3PT shooter and would allow Melo to stay at 4 and keep spacing. Unfortunately Knicks are still one piece away STILL from contending

  2. money2long - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    would harden want him on the rockets ?

  3. dysraw1 - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    his toughness is needed

    • Clayton Bigsby - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      props to queensbridge…you will be missed in LA

  4. asimonetti88 - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    He would be a great pickup for the Knicks who could use his perimeter defense. Miss him on the Lakers already.

  5. dyn0myte - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Peace is a guy that only knows full throttle on a basketball court.
    Whether it’s in a game or at practice.

    There’s a reserve on either the Knicks or Clippers
    who will soon jokingly complain
    about the pounding he takes at practice
    when going against Metta World Peace.

    Metta is the Man.
    He was proud to be a Laker
    and it showed.

  6. benning89 - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Warriors

  7. n3535e - Jul 14, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    worldpeace lost his mind and game. he could help a contender if his head works. but there are better more stable options then this has been

  8. elcapitanfiscal - Jul 14, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    I hope he goes to China like he said..I’d like watching him play and see if he can dominate that league…

  9. jimsjam33 - Jul 14, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Knick management stop fooling yourself . World Peace was valuable to the Lakers four seasons ago because he was four years younger and in his prime . That is not now the situation . Laker fans forget how they held their collective breaths every time he took a three and held their hands to their mouths every time he committed an unbelievable stupid foul . MWP is not the same defender as he was four years ago .
    If you get him for the veteran min . as a reserve okay , but standby for the quirky personality and really spotty decisions on the floor that will have Knick fans scratching their heads . Remember , your goal is to catch the Heat on the talent level and beat them by playing smarter . I don’t see how this addition does either of those things . Your motto should be get younger with talent that can learn and advance on the bench . When you bring in the MWP’s of the world you MUST win now or your future is mighty bleak . IE : Bargnani and MWP on the floor at the same time . Hmmm …

    • NikoKaps - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:19 AM

      Toughness and tenacity. Bringing the best out of his teammates. That right there is a no-brainer. It’d be a great pickup for any team. Done.

      • adoombray - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:59 AM

        LOL… MWP was the epitome of “NO NO NO… YES!!!” His shot selection is at times crazier than his postgame interviews. He is not a good 3 point shooter, he is streaky at best who hit some big shots in big games but goes Shannon Brown with the “did he seriously just take that shot?” way too much.

    • davidly - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:17 AM

      I’m seriously doubt that the Knicks would think they’d be getting him from four seasons ago. Know what I mean?

  10. annapterp - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Ron Artest. What the hell is a metta world peace?!

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