Metta World Peace, Chinese Team Agree To Deal

MONDAY, 7:55am: World Peace took to Twitter to confirm the deal, posting a photo of what appears to be him next to Blue Whales officials, set to put pen to paper on a contract.

FRIDAY, 10:01am: Multiple sources tell David Pick of that World Peace’s contract will only be worth $700K (Twitter link).

THURSDAY, 2:40pm: The deal is worth $1.43MM, according to Shams Charania of RealGM. It’s indeed for just one season, and World Peace will look for work in the NBA once it’s done, Charania hears (Twitter links).

11:18am: Free agent forward Metta World Peace has an agreement in principle with the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association, the team’s GM confirms to (hat tip to Sportando’s Enea Trapani). It’s a $1.3MM arrangement, according to Trapani. Presumably it covers one season. Ian Begley of wrote earlier this week that the sides had been close to a deal.

The Knicks had been thinking about giving World Peace an invitation to training camp, and the 34-year-old has expressed regret about buying out his contract with New York last season before the team hired Phil Jackson as president. The Marc Cornstein client had also been eyeing the Lakers and the Clippers, but it didn’t seem like those teams reciprocated that interest.

The deal with Sichuan will give him slightly less than the $1,448,490 he would have made on a veteran’s minimum deal with an NBA team, but his Chinese salary appears to be guaranteed. Going to China will also probably give World Peace the chance to return to the NBA for the stretch run, since China’s season ends as early as February.

World Peace put up career lows in several categories thanks to a drastic cut in minutes this past season. He averaged just 13.4 minutes per game compared to 33.7 in 2012/13, which helps to explain why he engineered the buyout.

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8 thoughts on “Metta World Peace, Chinese Team Agree To Deal

  1. daqwan foggie

    Metta world peace a.k.a. Ron artest is a good player he had his ups and downs in his career…but he bounced back and help Kobe win a championship what he brought to the league was toughness I compare him to Charles Oakley but just a little better defends a underrated player a lot of people forgot this man averaged 24 points a game 04-05 season and shot over 41%,from 3pt range so he proved he’s just not a defender we need more toughness in this league I respect people with toughness and the desire to win his emotions got way to high when he fought a fan in the stands but that shows his toughness on and off the court he’s the mike Tyson of basketball the Chinese picked a good player

  2. BlackestNight63

    Good luck to him. I was hoping he made his way back to the Knicks w/ Jackson being Prez.

  3. SegaSaturnSNK

    I see him being thrown out of there in a couple of games. That temper of his is going to explode sooner or later with those hacks in China. Dude was playing a regular game out in Cali and was already starting shit.

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