The New York Knicks are the "strong frontrunners" to sign Metta World Peace, Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday. World Peace, who became an unrestricted free agent Sunday after clearing waivers, will meet with Knicks executives in Las Vegas within the next two days, according to Wojnarowski.
Wojnarowski reported that the Knicks would sign World Peace at the veterans' minimum salary of $1.4 million. The team could add a second year to the contract in the form of a player option.
Coming to New York would seemingly be a natural fit for World Peace, and he reportedly has a strong interest in getting a deal done. He grew up in the Queensbridge projects in Queens, and he played college basketball at St. John's from 1997-99. World Peace, 33, averaged 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds last season. The Los Angeles Lakers, who waived him last week under the team's amnesty provision, still owe him the balance of his $7.7 million contract. It does not, however, count against the team's salary cap.