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Monday, July 15th, 2013 at 9:40 am  |  16 responses

Metta World Peace Interested in Knicks, Clippers and China


by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

Having been cut loose by the Los Angeles Lakers, and clearing waivers, Metta World Peace has a number of choices available to him for 2013-’14.

MWP could play on either coast of the United States, or take his talents across the planet to China.

The New York Knicks, LA Clippers and Yao Ming’s Shanghai Sharks are all in play for World Peace’s services next season.

Per ESPN, Yahoo! Sports and the LA Times:

Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Sunday he welcomed a potential addition of World Peace. “I know his name has been surfacing out there,” Woodson said in Las Vegas, where New York has a summer league team competing. “I can coach any player. I coached guys from 18-, 19-, 20-year-old young men, and built a team in Atlanta, and that’s tough for a first-time coach. So I experienced that, and I don’t think there’s a player I can’t coach if he’s willing to be coached. … If anybody comes to this team, they’ve got to understand it’s all about team, man. It’s not about individuals here, it’s not about me as a coach. It’s about the New York franchise trying to win an NBA title. If you understand that, then we’ve got a chance. I like his skill sets a lot. I think a lot of teams have liked his skill sets over the years. He does a little bit of everything.” [...] “I want to do something unique and fun,” World Peace said. “…China has over a billion people. It’s fun. I want to be adventurous. I’ve been thinking about it.”

“Of course I’m interested in Clippers,” World Peace texted on Sunday. “I have to meet them first.” The Clippers also are interested in speaking with World Peace, said NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Four NBA teams have reportedly inquired about the 33-year-old forward, and the Knicks are believed to be the favorites to land him (even though, a couple of days ago, MWP said he’s moved past his boyhood dream of playing in New York).

Metta World Peace is on the down slope of his remarkable, 14-year NBA career. He averaged 12.4 points, five rebounds and 1.6 steals in 75 games for the Lakers last season. He’s now looking  – all over the world — for an adventure and to have fun with whatever basketball may be left in him.

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  • LLC#12

    The ghost of Ron Artest is still a better defender than 80% of the other wings in the league. He’ll definitely be able to contribute.

  • spit hot fiyah

    clippers should get him as a back up 4 since they refuse to try sign anyone else to improve their bench at that position

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    He said the other day he might not even want to play, listing Arena Football as a more tantalizing option.

  • danpowers

    he probably just did not want to get claimed off waivers by a team he didnt want to play for by just talking as much nonsense as possible

  • MikeC.

    He’d be a nice player to slot in for small ball since Bargnani can’t be counted on for anything besides pasta sauce commercials and neck beards.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    good point…billups did it……

  • bike

    He should try coaching. Or at least tell people he wants to get into coaching.

  • LobCity

    lol…They’ll sign somebody soon. Just weighing their options. Not like they’ve missed out on any PF signing for the veteran minimum.

    Not a big fan of him coming to the Clippers though…..Unless he gives Kobe a Harden-like elbow, but that’s unlikely. Unfortunately.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i don’t feel comfortable giving him that much credit lol

  • JML-G

    imagine Odom and MWP gettin another ring in LA but only with the Clippers.. Kobe would roll over in his grave

  • LakeShow

    Missing you already Ronny.

  • spit hot fiyah

    honestly though, who is still out there? odom, kmart? is dejuan blair asking for too much money or something?

  • MikeC.

    KMart was a nice piece for NY last year. He’d push Blake in practice. Figuratively and literally.

  • pepper my angus

    he should try the philippines,people love their basketball over there but their talents are almost non-exstant..

  • spit hot fiyah

    2 year deal with the knicks realgm

  • LobCity

    @MIkeC. We had K-Mart in 2012. He was cool. He felt slighted when the Clippers didn’t offer him an extension for more $ the following season.

    @d89d81f673dac06b16cade5b4bf19954:disqus Samardo Samuels is on the summer league team and getting a look. Odom wants to come back but from what I’ve heard the Clippers are a little hesitant because of his inconsistency/alleged personal problems. Antawn want to come too, apparently Alving Gentry is pushing for this move. Also heard Blair was being discussed last week and that deal now seems unlikely, perhaps a money issue. Another option is waiting to see if someone offers a front court player for Jamal. Overall though, I heard the biggest reason they’re being patient with the final pieces is that Matt Barnes was picked up last minute last year so they’re just making sure they don’t miss out on somebody. MWP, for example, would not even be an option had they filled the roster last week.

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