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Metta World Peace signing official, he’s a Knick

Jul 16, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT

from twitter @MettaWorldPeace from twitter @MettaWorldPeace

You can go home again.

We’ll see how that works out but Metta World Peace — Queensbridge and St. Johns — is now officially home next season to play for the New York Knicks next season.

He signed the contract on Tuesday and tweeted out a picture, and the Knicks confirmed the signing.

World Peace was amnestied by the Lakers as a cost-cutting move so he signed a $1.6 million deal with the Knicks — the Lakers still will pay him the remainder of his $7.7 million contract this season (the Lakers will save about $14 million in luxury tax payments).

The Knicks get a better wing defender at the three — with a healthy Iman Shumpert and Tyson Chandler in the paint they should be better at that end. The Knicks also get some toughness that will play well in Madison Square Garden.

It’s a good pickup. It doesn’t put them over the top of anything, they may still be the fifth best team in the East, but this is a good get.

And it’s wrapped up and done.

  1. dirtydavis - Jul 16, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Knicks will choke

    • kingbeason52 - Jul 16, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      ^ not sure why all the thumbs down…they always choke..I don’t see how losing Copeland and adding Artest makes them any better than the overrated 2 seed they were this past year..

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:06 PM

        Metta is a pretty good player. He will help the Knicks on defense and make some three pointers. Give Peace a chance.

      • kingbeason52 - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:14 PM

        Don’t disagree that Artest is a good player..but your adding to the locker room another crazy personality…Anthony, Smith, Artest, Stoudmaire…ego will tear that team apart

      • money2long - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        since when did amare have an ego?
        since when was melo a problem in the locker room ?
        and if i didn’t know any better, smith has turned his career around?

        are you searching for demons kingbeason52 ?

      • sellahh - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:47 PM

        Way to turn a career around with the way Smith played in the playoffs, seriously…
        And about Artest making 3s. Yeah he’ll make some… and miss a whole lot more.

        Just google ‘leave artest open’ phrase. Teams sagged off of him 3 years ago and they did it last season as well.

      • kingbeason52 - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:04 AM

        Last time amare was in the news for anything relevant was for blasting a fire hydrant and hurting himself (ego)…I don’t need to even comment on JR for his ego..and as for Carmelo having the mentality to jack up 30 shots a game and not having to improve his skill set each year hoping that will get you even to the ECF shows some bone to pick with the Knicks..they are just an overrated team..Tyson and Iman are the only bright spots on the for defending the player personalities, wasn’t there an article last week where Woodson was trying to defend his role is managing guys when the idea of Ron was coming to the Knicks..that has to say something…

      • money2long - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        amare got upset because his TEAM lost. that’s not ego.
        i JUST said JR turned his game around. knicks fans can thank mike woodson. so yeah, you can continue to gloss over that nugget.
        there were and is a lot of guys in nba history who are respected that take a high volume of shots. shots attempted does not define ego. and the topic with melo was how he conducts himself around his teammates. in regards to the shots thing, look at michael jordan. jordan had criticism, but in the end he won. if melo ends up winning 3 rings, your mindset will undoubtedly change.

  2. fifi85 - Jul 16, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    I think it was time for him to move on…….

  3. blueballzny - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Kurt, you’re the worst. This is a great get for the Knicks. You keep saying they are the 5th best team in the East and that all the other contenders got better. Well the Knicks got better too. First off, we get Carmelo’s shoulder fixed. We also got a reliable second scoring option in Bargnani who will spread the floor for Melo. Stat comes back, and while you cant count on him regaining his MVP form from 2 years ago, he’ll give us 15 points and 5 boards in his 20 minutes of playing time. Chandler will also be back healthy. By the Indiana series last year he was a shell of himself due to injuries. The fact is that he was a liability when he was on the floor. Now we pick up Arrest. More than his solid D and 3 point shooting, he’ll add an intensity and toughness the Knicks sorely lacked last year. All we need is a 3rd point guard and our roster will be pretty much set.

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      I’ve watched him up close in LA the last couple years. Metta is good, he’s solid, he’s not great. I like the pickup at the price you got him for, just don’t think he’s a game changer. You and I can disagree about how good the Knicks are vs. the rest of the East.

  4. lakerade - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    The recruitment of Melo to LA begins? See you again soon, Ronron.

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