Could Metta World Peace be back with the New York Knicks?

  • Jason Whitney

Could Metta World Peace be back in New York?

Could New York Knicks fans get a second dose of the basketball player formerly known as Ron Artest? The loose cannon known nowadays as Metta World Peace apparently wants a second crack in Gotham City.

While the Knicks were getting a good ol’ fashion butt kicking from the putrid Los Angeles Lakers, Peace visited Phil Jackson’s suite during halftime, essentially auditioning for another opportunity to play for the Knicks. Peace, who asked for a buyout about a month ago, apparently never would have asked for his release if he knew Phil Jackson was going to be team president.

Via NY Post:

It was equivalent to a job interview. Metta World Peace, who lives in Beverly Hills, ran up to Phil Jackson’s Staples Center suite during halftime from his courtside seat for a chat Tuesday night during the Knicks’ 127-96 blowout loss to the Lakers.

World Peace has told confidants he yearns for a second chance as a Knick after his first stint went sour. When asked if the former Ron Artest wants another shot at New York when he’s a free agent this summer, the confidant told The Post:

“Abso-bleeping-lutely.’’

Bringing Peace in for another chance in New York wouldn’t make a ton of sense. At this point in his career he’s more of a stretch four type of player where he can be physical. The Knicks are loaded with players in the front court so all that would do is create another logjam. Plus, if Carmelo Anthony doesn’t re-sign with the Knicks, they’ll probably look to trade players like Tyson Chandler for draft picks while letting the rest of their horrible contracts come off the books.

Seeing that the Knicks actually own their 2015 draft pick (league rules), if they were to lose Anthony and underperform again next season, they could build their team around Iman Shumpert, Tim Hardaway Jr., and their 2015 first round pick, while having ample cap space to pursue free agents in the summers of 2015 and 2016.

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