Metta World Peace, New York Knicks agree to 2-year deal

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Metta World Peace and the New York Knicks agreed on a two-year deal Monday, with the first year guaranteed, reports’s Ian Begley.

The deal is worth approximately $1.6 million per season with a player option in the second year, the Knicks used the remainder of their mini-midlevel exception to sign the former Lakers forward.

World Peace and his agent met with Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald and coach Mike Woodson on Monday in Las Vegas and agreed to the deal during the meeting.

World Peace, 33, was waived by the Lakers on Thursday via the amnesty provision.  He was scheduled to make $7.7 million this season.  The Lakers will still have to pay his full salary.

At the time, World Peace said he had no desire to play in New York.

“I had a chance to play in New York [in the past],” he said. “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.”

World Peace averaged 12.4 points and five rebounds in 75 games for the Lakers last season.


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