Metta World Peace has agreed to a two-year deal with the New York Knicks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

World Peace met with Knicks officials in Las Vegas today, and while a homecoming was thought to be MWP’s preference all along, he was also said to have interest in the Los Angeles Clippers, along with Yao Ming‘s team in China, the Shanghai Sharks.


World Peace has always wanted to play for his hometown Knicks. They famously passed on him in the 1999 NBA Draft when they instead selected Frédéric Weis with the 15th pick – MWP was then taken with the 16th pick by the Chicago Bulls.

Formally known as Ron Artest, MWP won a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010. He was waived by the Lakers last week under the league’s amnesty provision, a move that is thought to save the purple and gold around $15 million in luxury taxes.

UPDATE: Metta appeared on NBA TV in Las Vegas to officially announce his signing with the Knicks.

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