World Peace Wants To Play Five More Seasons

Metta World Peace at 34 years old might not be the player he used to be, but the Knicks forward has no intention of retiring soon, telling Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times that he wants his career to continue for five seasons after this one (Twitter link). World Peace is in his 15th year in the league, so he’d make it an even 20 if he sticks for as long as he hopes.

The former Ron Artest is known for his outlandish statements and sense of humor, so it’s hard to take him at his word. Still, he remains a believer in his worth to NBA teams, recently suggesting that if he were traded to the Raptors, as had been rumored, he’d inject the rebuilding Toronto club with a “championship mentality.” World Peace also said he’d signed his two-year deal with the Knicks in hopes of winning a title in his native New York, and he said in September that the Thunder and Clippers were among the teams interested in him before he committed to the Knicks.

The Lakers amnestied World Peace in spite of a 2012/13 season that had been something of a renaissance for him, as he averaged 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds with a 40.3% field-goal percentage, his best marks in three years. He’s nowhere near those figures this season, and the Knicks are giving him just 15.7 minutes per game, by far the least amount of playing time he’s seen in his career. World Peace has a player option worth about $1.66MM for next season, and it would appear as though he’s likely to exercise it, given his level of play and intention of remaining in the league, though that’s just my speculation.

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2 years 9 months ago

Sure. I’m sure there will be a spot for him at the Chinese Basketball league.


[…] The Knicks have started the season 9-19 which has created many rumors that Woodson would be the first NBA coach fired this season and be without a job as early as this weekend. They have also been included in many trade rumors including trades for Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, and Boston’s Rajon Rondo. Knicks players considered to be trade candidates so far this season included Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony, and Metta World Peace. […]

[…] World Peace says the Knicks never gave him a fair chance to play, but he adds that he never demanded more minutes. “My thing was I want to play two more seasons,” World Peace explained to Isola. “If I’m not playing this year I’m definitely not going to play next year, so I should probably go somewhere else. I wanted to win here. When you’re married to a city like New York City, just because (people don’t agree) doesn’t mean you turn your back on the city. My agent told me Steve Mills said that he understands why being moved would… Read more »

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