Just a day after the Los Angeles Lakers made it official by releasing veteran forward Metta World Peace via the amnesty clause, New York Knicks’ fans shouldn’t start the celebration just yet.
World Peace all but squashed the rumors that he would end up in the Big Apple by saying he has no desire to play in the NBA next season and would instead look to play basketball in China.
Or arena football?
“I don’t really want to play for anybody,” World Peace told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin Friday at the Lakers’ practice facility. “I don’t want to go anywhere. I want to go to China, or coach or play arena football.”
The 33-year old also went on to say that he has spoken to his former Houston Rockets‘ teammate Yao Ming about joining his team the Shanghai Sharks.
However knowing World Peace, could this all be a bluff?
He has no interest in joining a small market team or a team that won’t contend for a championship.
The problem is that is one of those teams claim him off waivers and he elects not to sign with them, World Peace will be risking the $7.7 million the Lakers have to pay him next season. If he is bluffing to sneak through waivers, he would be free to sign with any team.
Knowing how his crazy mind works, that may be his ultimate goal after all.
But as for him signing with the Knicks, his hometown team, World Peace doesn’t give Knicks fans much hope of it happening.
“I had a chance to play in New York [in the past],” World Peace also told McMenamin. “I wanted to play in New York when I was in my prime and I was young, fierce, lock-down [defender]. Madison Square Garden, that would have been sick. But right now, China is way more adventurous for me.”
“You don’t live twice,” World Peace said. “You’re not 33 twice. You won’t be able to play in China at a good level again. I wouldn’t be able to play in China again averaging, maybe, 40 or more points. That would be fun.”
If Knicks’ general manager Glen Grunwald was holding out hope to sign World Peace, it could be time to move on to Plan B. Or at this stage in free agency, maybe Plan E or Plan F.
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