The New York Knicks have agreed to a two year deal with Metta World Peace, formerly Ron Artest according to a report by Yahoo! Sports. The Clippers and Knicks were considered to be the front runners in the World Peace sweepstakes following his being amnestied by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Metta World Peace was rumored to be especially interested in New York, not because they were necessarily a contender like San Antonio or Oklahoma City, who were also rumored to be interested in acquiring his services, but because he is a native of Queens.
“I need something that’s tough right now, and I want to win where it’s hardest to win there, and that’s home,” Metta World Peace said in an interview following his signing with New York.
Signing World Peace makes a lot of sense for the Knicks from a financial standpoint. As a team far over the luxury tax, they were able to offer him a league minimum contract, while the Lakers will still pick up the rest of his contract. As Sporting News points out, “The Knicks lacked flexibility in free agency because of big deals committed to several players, including stars Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire.”
The athlete formerly known as Ron Artest had fun with his sudden free agency. Taking to Twitter in the aftermath of being amnestied by the Lakers, he started a storm of rumors as to what he was going to be doing next. From saying “I’m retiring and playing hockey” to moving overseas and playing in China, World Peace took us all for a journey over his brief stint without being signed to a team.
A starting role is far from guaranteed for World Peace in New York, however he is excited to return home in hopes of winning a title nonetheless. “I appreciate the opportunity to be a soldier for Melo and Amar’e, and the opportunity to add my molecules to that chemistry they already have … I really want to make the chemistry over there just continue to flow. I want to fit right in. I’m the type of player where I go hard, and I feel comfortable winning having eight points, or taking over a game if I have to, or just being satisfied with the win. That’s what I want my teammates that I’m joining to understand about me. It has nothing to do with buckets, it’s all about the win, that’s it.”
No stranger to a supporting role after his time in Los Angeles, Metta World Peace will have no problem playing a complementary role to Carmelo Anthony as a New York Knick. He joins a team that advanced to the second round of the playoffs last season, and appeared to be just a few pieces away from becoming a legitimate contender.
Now a member of the New York Knicks, Metta World Peace has returned to New York after 14 years of playing across the country. The grad of St. Johns had hoped to be drafted by the team coming into the league, and now he will finally get his chance to don the orange and black as a member of the New York Knicks.
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