The deadline for a team to claim Metta World Peace off of amensty waivers is at 4pm central today and while he might go untouched in the next few hours, there are plenty of teams that would love to bring him aboard. Here's the latest on MWP..
- A source close to MWP tells Chris Broussard of ESPN.com (via Twitter) that he definitely wants to play for the Knicks. The Clippers are a fairly distant second, with China third.
- If World Peace clears waivers this afternoon, the Knicks are expected to be the first in line to sign him, tweets Al Iannazzone of Newsday.
- Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com (on Twitter) expects the forward to wind up with the Knicks, Nets, or Clippers if he's willing to play for the veteran's minimum for one year. All three teams would offer at least a puncher's chance at a title in 2013 and varying degrees of familiarity. World Peace, of course, spent the last few years in Los Angeles and is a New York City native.
- Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times (Twitter links) has heard that Chris Paul and Matt Barnes have reached out to MWP about joining the Clippers. The veteran could potentially come in as a backup power forward in Doc Rivers' rotation. Pincus also notes that the Clippers tried to deal for him way back when he was a member of the Pacers.
- Knicks exec Larry Johnson wants to see the club go out and get World Peace, writes Marc Berman of the New York Post.