Posted July 14, 2013

Report: Knicks ‘strong frontrunners’ for Metta World Peace

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The Knicks are leading contenders to sign free agent Metta World Peace. (Cameron Browne/Getty Images)

The Knicks are leading contenders to sign free agent Metta World Peace. (Cameron Browne/Getty Images)

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.


2 comments
wetmouse
wetmouse

Let's see: An over-the-hill headcase is available. Quick! Call the Knicks and Nets!

Really. Is there any other place he could possibly go?

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

@wetmouse Would you rather take a risk that Amare can play a full season or that Bargnani leaves his laziness in Toronto vice getting this guy for the veteran's minimum?