Ex-Laker Metta World Peace headed to Knicks

The NBA hasn’t seen the last of Metta World Peace.

After publicly contemplating a break with the league, World Peace agreed to sign with the Knicks on Monday. Yahoo! Sports first reported the two-year, $3.2 million deal. After initially waffling on the subject of whether the deal had been completed, the veteran forward confirmed it while speaking on a summer league broadcast in Las Vegas.

The Lakers amnestied World Peace on Thursday, and he cleared waivers on Sunday before traveling to Las Vegas for a Monday meeting with New York general manager Glen Grunwald and coach Mike Woodson.

Even before World Peace was amnestied, reports surfaced that he would be interested in the Knicks were he to leave the Lakers. Since then, he’d also expressed interest in staying in Los Angeles to play for the Clippers, along with an extensive list of more eccentric career options, which included arena football and playing in China.

As is often the case, World Peace’s more outlandish propositions proved false, and he agreed to play for his hometown Knicks for an amount slightly greater than the veteran’s minimum salary. Once known as Ron Artest, World Peace grew up in Queensbridge and attended St. John’s University.

Last season, World Peace averaged 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds, playing in 75 of the Lakers’ 82 games. The Lakers will have to pay the full balance of the $7.7 million they owe him, but it will not count against their salary cap.