He just tweeted this. Somebody drive him home. -Tommy
The Knicks reached an agreement with Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) on Monday. The deal is for 2 years and is worth approximately $1.6 Million per year, meaning that the Knicks have used their entire midlevel exception and now can only offer the veteran’s minimum salary to free agents ($1.4 M). World Peace, an elite defender, gives the Knicks more flexibility with their rotations and provides a level of toughness few in the NBA can match. Signing Metta solves the Knicks’ needs behind Carmelo Anthony at the Small Forward position. Up next? The Knicks must find a third point guard and shore up their depth in the front court. Re-Signing Kenyon Martin could emerge as their main priority in the next couple days. Nate Robinson will get a look at the Point, but is likely to sign elsewhere for more money. Jeremy Tyler, Toure Murry, and Jerome Jordan are candidates to make the team out of Summer League, and Earl Barron might be on his way back (at the minimum salary, of course). What moves do YOU want to see from the team? Let us know in the comments!
Sunday’s 5 PM waiver deadline came and went, Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest) has cleared waivers, making him an unrestricted free agent. ESPN is reporting that Metta is hoping to join the Knicks, and the interest appears to be mutual. Mike Woodson seemed very open to the possibility of bringing World Peace to New York. It looks like Metta is coming home, although nothing is set in stone yet. Stay tuned. -Tommy
By Tommy Rothman
ESPN sources quoted Metta World Peace as saying that he is not considering playing in the NBA next season. The recently amnestied Metta World Peace had said he was considering going to play for Yao Ming in China, or coaching somewhere, or even playing arena football. He talked about how he is too old to stay in the NBA, and he mentioned how his dream of playing with the Knicks has faded away over the years along with his youth. So the Knicks are no longer a possible destination for Metta, right? Wrong.
First of all, Metta World Peace is on waivers right now. Every team under the cap can bid on him until Sunday night, and World Peace does not want to be claimed by a rebuilding team. He could be doing this to scare away teams he does not want to play for. His interest in the Knicks, however, has been reported in recent days. If he clears waivers, he would be free to sign with the Knicks. Metta knows this, and he could just be trying to stop other teams from keeping him out of the Garden.
Second of all, Metta is a jokester, and nothing he says should be taken seriously. Earlier today, he was tweeting about retiring to play hockey… and in the process of doing so, he even dropped subtle hints about playing for the New York Knicks.
Never take anything Metta World Peace says at face value. Stay tuned. The former Ron Artest could still be headed to New York.
Star defender, tweeter, and enforcer Metta World Peace could be headed to New York. The Lakers officially amnestied World Peace on Thursday, meaning that teams under the cap have 48 hours to claim him. If the former Ron Artest is not claimed, he will become an unrestricted free agent. The Knicks are said to have serious interest in the Queens native (according to several sources), and World Peace has interest in returning home to play for the Knicks to finish his career where he wanted to start it. Metta tweeted the photo at the top of this article yesterday.
However, the Cavs and Mavs could bid for World Peace and keep him away from NY. The Clippers and Nets could also have interest if World Peace clears waivers. Stay tuned.
By Tommy Rothman
After reports surfaced Monday that the Lakers will use their amnesty clause on Metta World Peace, the Knicks seem like a strong suitor for the veteran small forward. The Artist Formerly Known as Ron Artest is a Queens native who has stated that he is a Knicks fan. He plays tough defense, hustles, and is a great guy to have on a team… when he can control himself. World Peace has had many on-the-court incidents throughout his career and a few off-the-court troubles as well. If the Knicks can look past that, he would be a solid addition to a team trying to win now. World Peace will be put through amnesty waivers. Every team under the cap will be able to bid on him (starting at the veteran’s minimum). If the rebuilding teams see no use for the 33-year-old small forward, he could fall to the Knicks. A couple good teams still have cap room, but if they decide the eccentric veteran is not worth it, they could pass on him. Furthermore, World Peace has expressed interest in playing at the Garden in the past, and he could ask some teams not to claim him off waivers. If World Peace clears amnesty waivers and becomes an unrestricted free agent, the Knicks would be foolish not to offer him the veteran’s minimum (or possible the $1.7 million left on their midlevel exception). Of course, we can never put it past the Knicks’ front office to do something foolish these days, or to let somebody who has fallen into their laps slip away. World Peace’s future is as much a mystery as the man himself.
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