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It’s official, Metta World Peace reaches two-year deal with Knicks

Jul 15, 2013, 5:45 PM EST

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LAS VEGAS — UPDATE 5:45 pm: Metta World Peace himself said it is official — he has reached a deal with the New York Knicks. He confirmed it himself at Summer League speaking to MSG Network then other media. He said the decision was an easy one for him, he wasn’t worried about the money (it’s a minimum deal this year with a player option for year two), he just wanted to go back to his native New York.

And win.

“I want to do things that’s hard,” he said. “That’s the challenged of being challenged. We all know it’s the hardest place to win… Why not take on something that’s hard?”

The Knicks last won a title in 1973, and with two-time defending champs in the East, plus some teams like the Bulls, Pacers and Nets that also will be strong, World Peace is going to get his wish — this is going to be hard. But the Knicks are better with him.

3:59 pm: It looks like Metta World Peace is heading home to New York, and with him hopefully will come some much needed improved perimeter defense.

World Peace has reached a two-year deal to play for the Knicks, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The second year of the deal is a player option, a source told Y! Sports. World Peace and his agents met with Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald and coach Mike Woodson on Monday in Las Vegas and agreed to the deal in the meeting, league sources said.

That may be a little premature, but things are certainly headed that way and will be finalized soon. Marc Berman of the New York Post’s tweet sums up the situation pretty well, and Sam Amick of the USA Today texted with him as well.

Dwight Howard apparently rubbed off on Metta a bit. But this New York deal will get done. The Clippers were the other team considered to be in the mix, but World Peace would likely have a larger role with the Knicks. There also were some conversations between World Peace and You Ming’s team in China.

World Peace was a free agent after being amnestied by the Los Angeles Lakers in a move to save money (he then cleared waivers). The Knicks could only offer the veteran minimum this season, but that doesn’t really matter because the Lakers still have to pay his full $7.7 million salary (the Lakers just save the tax price, which for them is more than $14 million).

He is a great fit for the Knicks at the three, bringing some good perimeter defense to a team that scored plenty but struggled to stop people (they were 17th in points allowed per possession last season). World Peace is not the defender and player he was a few years back, but he is still good. Combined with Iman Shumpert on the perimeter and Tyson Chandler in the paint, the Knicks defense should be improved.

The East, with a now improved Knicks team plus an improved Nets squad, Chicago with Derrick Rose back, the Pacers with improved depth and the Heat still on top of the mountain until knocked off, should be really fun next season.

  1. dezglobal - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Of course he signed w the Knicks. He’s from Queensbridge and will remind you every chance he gets. lol

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 15, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

      • smoothaswilkes - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:04 PM

        QUEENSBRIDGE!!!!!

    • cooperabbey - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      MWP is a hacker, only way he plays defense is grabbing and holding. bad for the knicks let him go to china and cry that he is not a laker any more just like all the other guys like odom and fisher…

  2. dezglobal - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    He’ll retire a Knick.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 15, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  3. tbutler704 - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    QUEENSBRIDGE!!!

    Now the Knicks won’t be fake tough like last year. NY basketball is going to be great this season. Both Nets and Knicks. Hope they can get a real rivalry going now.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 15, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      Yeah
      Knicks good
      Nets bad

      • buttfumbles - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:26 PM

        Wishful thinking by a Knicks fan.

  4. jaredo10 - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    The Knicks just got more exciting to watch. Cant Wait

  5. adoombray - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    You ming lol

    • patfic15 - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      Cirt Heilynn.

  6. chip56 - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    I just ask that he please go back to Ron Artest…this World Peace thing is just irksome.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      According to his Twitter, if you don’t like calling him MWP, he’ll also go by Whole Foods Guacamole Dip.

    • badintent - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:35 AM

      How about World B. Free, the great guard with Philly back in the 80’s ?

  7. fnc111 - Jul 15, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Rose isn’t back until we see him playing and he stays healthy. Chicago is not in the conversation, yet.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      Chicago doesn’t need Rose to be in the conversation. They seem to do just fine without him.

  8. rawbbqsauce - Jul 15, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Nobody cares

  9. uncleanesthesia - Jul 15, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    I wish this guy would get hit by a semi already.

  10. sellahh - Jul 15, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    In NBA 2k13 you can’t sign someone who was on a 1-year deal and got waived (or amnestied in this case) to a deal longer than 1 year. Just saying, no idea about this CBA

  11. footballguru205 - Jul 15, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Wow.. The lakers just got a whole lot better

  12. annapterp - Jul 15, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Ron Artest is his name. Enough of this metta world peace bs!

  13. 00maltliquor - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Best of luck to you Ron-Metta!! At least he gets to go back home, that’s pretty cool.

    Shump in the backcourt, MWP harassing either Foward spot, and Chandler as the last line of defense, paint protecting…oooooh yeeeeah! Me like it A LOT!
    Beat the Heat…beat the Heat…beat the Heat! lol

  14. sirclutch - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    You ming to write “Yao Ming” Kurt?

  15. steelers4385 - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Kobe has zero supporting cast. Id retire if i were him. But he is a competitor..so i just hope he dont hurt seriouslly while wasting his time playing with a loser organization. Literally. Coach, teammates, owner, all of em. I sympathize for lakers fans. Its sad watching your world crumble before us.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      thanks for the sympathy card…but as a Laker fan for over 3 decades…i’m pretty sure things will be fine in the long run.

  16. jonremi - Jul 15, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Loser organization? Crumble? I’ve been a Lakers fan for 44 seasons. They’ve had some pretty low moments and some bad teams. But in that same period they’ve won 11 championships. That’s a 25% success rate! Don’t write the obituary yet. We don’t need your sympathy.

    • 1historian - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      I hate LA but you’re right.

      My celts are 17 out of 67 – a little better.

      • madsqgrdn - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:43 PM

        haha I love it when people close to 50 take such pride from the teams they follow winning championships. Its ten PM .. do you know where your children are?

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        madsqgrdn: you mad, bro?

  17. ncm42 - Jul 15, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    “The Knicks last won a title in 1973, and with two-time defending champs in the East, plus some teams like the Bulls, Pacers and Nets that also will be strong, World Peace is going to get his wish — this is going to be hard. But the Knicks are better with him.”

    Holy cow.

  18. yournuts - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Go Knicks!!!!!!!

  19. uptjeff - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Knicks will continue to play second fiddle to Miami, Indiana and Chicago.

  20. kb2408 - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Good for MWP. I’m sure a lot of so-called experts predicted he would be out of the league by now. I applaud him for completely turning his life and career around. The guy has practically become a model citizen in the NBA. If he comes into camp in shape like he was last season with the LAKERS he will definitely help the Knicks. Especially when they face Miami. Thanks for helping the LAKERS hang number 16, Ron, couldn’t have done it without you!

  21. kanemoney - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    It’s amazing that with this roster you almost forget Amare is even on it. This is a great looking team defensively, yet again. Now I just worry about ball movement in the playoffs.

  22. jrod2go - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Whole- FOOOOOODS!!!!

  23. badintent - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Can’t wait for Metta to diss KG and his mumbling. No more Melo guarding KG , it ‘s gonna be hardcore D . KG can Honey Nutt himself all night.Bring it on.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Great intent!

      • badintent - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:28 AM

        cheers, your next beer is on me.!

  24. jimeejohnson - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    All you guys calling Metta World Peace “Whole Foods”: he shopped at Albertsons in the Los Angeles area. They don’t have Albertsons in New Yawk. They have snow and rain and tolls.

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