After his surprising release, Metta World Peace has already landed back on his feet with the New York Knicks. World Peace has reportedly agreed to a two-year deal, in what will be a return home for the native of Queens.
This seemed to be the most likely spot for the well-traveled small forward, obviously because of his ties to the area, and for the fact that the Knicks needed to add quality depth to their roster. This signing is mutually beneficial, and I really don’t think there was any other choice for World Peace.
World Peace pencils in as Carmelo Anthony‘s backup, a role that suits him just fine at this point in his career. He’s going to bring a defensive presence to floor and lots of experience. WP is a grizzled veteran at this juncture, with 2013-14 set to be his 15th year in the NBA.
This isn’t a signing that puts the Knicks over the top by any means, but it’s still a solid addition. It’s very clear at this point that the team New York fielded this past season, wasn’t even close to championship-caliber. The addition of WP is a small step towards building a contender, but it’s at least a step in the right direction.
The two-year deal could very well be the last one World Peace ever signs in his NBA career, and it’s only appropriate that he’s come full circle with a return to the Big Apple.
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