Skip to content

Report: Metta World Peace nearing deal to play in China next season

Jul 30, 2014, 12:47 PM EDT

New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Clippers Getty Images

Metta World Peace played for the Knicks last season, or at least for a portion of it.

New York waived him in February, and while there were reports that the team may give him an invite to training camp given his ties to Phil Jackson, there apparently isn’t enough legitimate interest from teams to guarantee him a spot on an NBA roster next season.

World Peace has made it clear that he isn’t retiring, however, and playing overseas has emerged as a very real option.

From Ian Begley of ESPN New York:

Hearing: ex-Knick Metta World Peace is close to agreeing to terms with the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association.

World Peace still has the passion to play, as evidenced by his recent physical confrontation at a recreational league game in Venice. But if he can’t convince NBA teams that he still has something left, there’s money to be made elsewhere.

Another former Knicks player, Stephon Marbury, has had great success playing in in China since 2010, to the point where his team erected a statue of him in front of the arena.

It’s a long shot that World Peace could similarly impact his Chinese team’s fortunes, but it appears as though he’s at least considering the possibility of giving it a shot.

Latest Posts
  1. DeAndre Jordan with a ridiculous alley-oop finish, even for him (VIDEO)

    Mar 29, 2015, 10:30 PM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan, Evan Turner DeAndre Jordan, Evan Turner

    The Clippers beat the Celtics and had the best highlight of the game.

  2. Enes Kanter soaks up Jazz fans’ boos, but Thunder lose

    Mar 29, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Utah Jazz Oklahoma City Thunder v Utah Jazz

    Kanter found a way to motivate the Jazz in the dog days of the season, and the Thunder lost in part because of it.

  3. Kendrick Perkins says you’re blowing the LeBron James/Kevin Love thing way out of proportion

    Mar 29, 2015, 8:00 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks Getty Images

    “You don’t have to be best friends to come out here and work together.”

  4. Golden State picks up 60th win, clinches top seed in the West

    Mar 29, 2015, 12:26 AM EDT

    Steve Kerr, Stephen Curry AP

    The Golden State Warriors are the team to beat out West.

  5. NBA, Pacers issue statement in response to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act law

    Mar 28, 2015, 6:30 PM EDT

    Adam Silver AP

    Legislation was signed into law in Indiana last week, and has been criticized as one that could legalize discrimination.

  6. Hawks to rest all five starters Saturday after clinching East’s top seed

    Mar 28, 2015, 5:00 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Media Day Getty Images

    Hornets, still fighting for a playoff spot, catch a break.

  7. Stan Van Gundy: ‘Absolutely no chance’ Magic induct him into team Hall of Fame

    Mar 28, 2015, 3:30 PM EDT

    Stan Van Gundy Stan Van Gundy

    Van Gundy coached five seasons in Orlando, but was fired after the way the Dwight Howard debacle played out.

  8. Warriors coach Steve Kerr: ‘I would vote for Russell Westbrook’ for MVP

    Mar 28, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets Getty Images

    Kerr was joking, and making light of a mini-controversy that occurred recently with the Cavaliers.

  9. Earl Clark signs 10-day contract with Nets, contributes to win over Cavaliers

    Mar 28, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Brooklyn Nets Getty Images

    Clark played key bench minutes the same day he was signed.

Featured video

Where does Steve Nash rank all-time?
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. K. Durant (6578)
  2. K. Lowry (6043)
  3. R. Rubio (5951)
  4. L. Aldridge (5897)
  5. G. Monroe (5818)
  1. K. Martin (5723)
  2. P. George (5569)
  3. D. Rose (5531)
  4. B. Knight (5497)
  5. G. Hayward (5436)