Metta World Peace is officially on the open market. The New York Knicks have released the veteran forward and now the man formerly known as Ron Artest is allowed to sign with any team that would want his services.
According to World Peace’s official Twitter account, there are a number of teams that he’s interested in for the remainder of the season. One of them may be just a bit shocking.
“There are about eight teams right now that are pretty decent. Detroit is a sleeper also,” World Peace tweeted. Let’s stop right there and have that thought sink in for a moment.
World Peace, the man involved in arguably the most infamous brawl in professional sports history, wants to possibly don the Pistons’ red, white and blue? At first, it’s a preposterous thought. However, the more you think about it, it might not actually be a bad idea for Detroit to offer World Peace a short-term contract for the rest of the year.
The 17-year veteran would be able to provide some depth to both forward positions, which is desperately needed for this Pistons team. Yes, the case could be made that at 34, World Peace is no longer an effective asset to an NBA roster.
He’s currently averaging just 4.8 ppg while seeing just 13 minutes of court action on average. If given more of an opportunity,World Peace can produce. He averaged 12 points a game just last season with the Los Angeles Lakers and still has the capability to replicate this with the right amount of minutes.
Bringing World Peace into Motown would also draw more fans into the Palace seats. Love him or hate him, the thought of seeing Ron Ron in a Detroit uni is extremely intriguing.
Fans may come to boo him into oblivion, or maybe he’ll be cheered for, trying to find some sort of his own personal redemption; it’s hard to believe, but it has nearly been a decade since the incident happened. Maybe it’s time for Pistons fans to finally forgive as well.
If the Pistons show mutual interest in talking a contract with World Peace, they’ll have to release a player currently under contract. The recent rumors of a Charlie Villanueva buyout could be the move necessary for such a transaction to happen.