Sources have told Ian Begley of ESPN New York that former Lakers small forward Metta World Peace has agreed to a 2 year deal with the New York Knicks:
The deal is worth approximately $1.6 million per season with a player option for Year 2, the source said, adding that the Knicks used the remainder of their mini-midlevel exception to sign the former Laker.
Metta World Peace going to the Knicks is big for the Knicks since he will provide sound defense for the team along the perimeter and even in the paint, which is something that they desperately need. The Knicks have no problem scoring the basketball with Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith on the floor, but they do have problems stopping people. Adding Metta World Peace to the mix makes their defense better all across the board, which is huge for them since it is strengthening a weakness of theirs. While this move doesn’t make them favorites to win the Eastern Conference or anything like that, it does make them a lot more dangerous, and that in and of itself is a big deal.
In addition to being a great addition to the Knicks on the court, he is also a great addition off the court since he is a native of New York City. Not only was he born in the borough of Queens, New York, but he also played his college basketball in Queens at St. John’s University. Metta World Peace knows all about the rivalries between the boroughs of New York City, and since his signing with the Knicks, he has already taken a friendly jab at his new cross town rival Brooklyn Nets, tweeting:
Where Brooklyn At?
With the Nets signing small forward Andrei Kirilenko, who is sure to be a hit with the huge Russian population in Brooklyn in addition to playing great defense, the Knicks have countered that signing by signing a gritty defender who is sure to be a hit with all those who hail from Queens. There is no doubt that the addition of Metta World Peace just made pro basketball in the Big Apple a lot more exciting and entertaining.
—Ben Parker: follow me on twitter @nba_lord