Metta World Peace came to terms with the New York Knicks on a two-year deal Monday, with the first year guaranteed, a league source told ESPNNewYork.com’s Ian Begley.
World Peace cleared waivers late Sunday afternoon after being amnestied by the Los Angeles Lakers, which made him an unrestricted free agent.
World Peace had also expressed interest in playing for the Clippers or heading overseas to Shanghai.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Sunday that he would welcome the addition of World Peace.
“I know his name has been surfacing out there,” Woodson said in Las Vegas, where New York has a summer league team competing. “I can coach any player. I coached guys from 18-, 19-, 20-year-old young men, and built a team in Atlanta, and that’s tough for a first-time coach. So I experienced that, and I don’t think there’s a player I can’t coach if he’s willing to be coached. … If anybody comes to this team, they’ve got to understand it’s all about team, man. It’s not about individuals here, it’s not about me as a coach. It’s about the New York franchise trying to win an NBA title. If you understand that, then we’ve got a chance.
“I like his skill sets a lot. I think a lot of teams have liked his skill sets over the years. He does a little bit of everything.”
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