Metta World Peace confirms deal with Knicks

Monday July 15th, 2013

Metta World Peace and the Knicks have agreed to a two-year deal. (Rocky Widner/NBAE) Metta World Peace and the Knicks have agreed to a two-year deal. (Rocky Widner/NBAE)

The New York Knicks and forward Metta World Peace have agreed to terms on a two-year deal, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports first reported. World Peace confirmed the signing in an interview on MSG TV.

"No need to look at the contract," World Peace said. "What's the number, a dollar? Just give me the paper, I gotta sign that."

Wojnarowski is reporting the deal is for two years and worth $3.2 million with the second year being a player option. Iannazzone is reporting the first year "is for roughly $1.6 million."

World Peace was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers last week when the team used its amnesty provision of the collective bargaining agreement to clear $30 million in salary and luxury tax savings. World Peace, a Queens, N.Y., native, recently told reporters he didn't want to play for anyone and wanted to go to China, coach or play in the Arena Football League.

Ron Artest Sr. told the New York Post that his son would consider retiring if the Lakers decided to waive World Peace but held out hope that World Peace would change his mind and join the Knicks.

The 33-year-old World Peace averaged 12.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game last season in 33.7 minutes for the Lakers. World Peace weighed in on Twitter:

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