Before signing with the New York Knicks last off-season Metta World Peace was choosing between the Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and playing in China with Yao Ming's team. He ended up signing with the Knicks and we all know how that ended. After not receiving any solid offers this off-season to play in the NBA, World Peace will now be taking his talents to China.
It seems that the NBA of Metta World Peace may have ended in February when the New York Knicks waived him. Publicly he hoped his relationship with Phil Jackson would warrant him an invite to training camp with the Knicks this season.
Apparently since he couldn't drum up legitimate interest from teams or a guaranteed spot on an NBA roster, World Peace has looked to continue his career elsewhere. He claims he isn’t retiring.
It was believed that if World Peace ever did go to China to play basketball it would be as a member of the Shanghai Sharks who Yao Ming bough in July of 2009. However, that's not the case. It's starting to look like he'll be playing next season for the Sichuan Blue Whales.
Hearing: ex-Knick Metta World Peace is close to agreeing to terms with the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) July 30, 2014
This is a case where if World Peace can’t convince NBA teams that he can still play he knows there’s money to be made elsewhere. He still has a desire to play. The passion is there.
Quite frankly, he could help teams like the Knicks. However, it's starting to look like he won't get the opportunity in the U.S. this season. It could be with the Whales or another team but China seems to be his destination.
It looks like World Peace may follow fellow former Knicks player, Stephon Marbury, and take his talents to China. Will he have the same kind of success? Probably not. Marbury is an offensive player.
However, World Peace could bring a defensive toughness to China the fans aren't use to. At a minimum, his connection to Ming should buy him some clout with the Chinese fans.
That being said, the Chinese Basketball Association season ends before the NBA's does. So, in theory, World Peace could return to the NBA and help boost a team in the second half of the season. If that's the case, he'll follow the footsteps of J.R. Smith, Kenyon Martin and others.
One day til china ? I met with three teams. Wow. One team remaining . Meaning, deal is done. Just have to sign now. Almost there China!!!— mettaworldpeace.com (@MettaWorldPeace) July 29, 2014
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