Metta World Peace is officially a member of the New York Knicks and is coming home to the Big Apple after agreeing to a two-year contract on Monday.
The Queens native was amnestied by the Los Angeles Lakers and after clearing waivers on Sunday, World Peace became an unrestricted free agent. The deal will reportedly take up the rest of the Knicks’ tax payer mid-level exception ($1.6 million) for this season, which now means that the Knicks will only have veteran minimum contracts that they can offer to players.
World Peace will also have a player option in his second year of his contract with New York.
He will bring defensive tenacity at the three and will provide a strong presence on the glass, which is something that the Knicks were looking to bring in to help Tyson Chandler.
Not only will World Peace be a big contributor on the defensive end, but also on the offensive end as he averaged 12.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.6 spg, 1.5 apg, while shooting 40 percent from the field and 34 percent from behind the arc last season with the Lakers.
Many now expect that World Peace will be in the starting lineup at the three and Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson will keep superstar Carmelo Anthony at the four.
World Peace did not wait to take a stab at the rivals across the river and once the deal was announced he sent out this tweet, which is sure to grab some headlines: