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Metta World Peace announces on TV he has signed with the Knicks

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Metta World Peace is reportedly headed to Manhattan as a Knick.   (USATSI)
Metta World Peace is reportedly headed to Manhattan as a Knick. (USATSI)

Metta World Peace cleared waivers after being amnestied by the Los Angeles Lakers, became a free agent, and has quickly found a new home in almost no time at all. World Peace joined the New York Knicks' broadcast on MSG for their summer league game against the Charlotte Bobcats and announced he has indeed signed with the Knicks.

"I want to win in New York," World Peace told the Knicks fans on the telecast.

The Knicks and Clippers were thought to be the front runners for the man formerly known as Ron Artest, who averaged 12 points and five rebounds last season. If it goes through, the deal gives the Knicks another versatile forward to use defensively and a veteran who can create easy buckets, even if his shot has fallen off as he has gotten older.

It would also be a return home for the Queensbridge-raised World Peace, who joins another contender in New York, as the Knicks try to keep pace with their crosstown rivals, the Nets. The curious former star had been contemplating playing in China as well but apparenely signed with a team that keeps him in the race for another title.

The Knicks this summer re-signed Pablo Prigioni and J.R. Smith and traded for Andrea Bargnani. This would be one of the weirdest and most-entertaining 50-plus-win teams in NBA history with this collection of talent.

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