Jul 15 2013, 5:54pm CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
Metta World Peace is now a New York Knick.
Barry Stavro of the Los Angeles Times reports the controversial ex-Los Angeles Lakers forward agreed to a two-year, $3.2 million deal with his hometown team. He originally hails from Queens, NY. He played collegiate ball at St John's University.
Stavro adds the second year of the deal is a player option, citing various reports. Since no team with salary cap space bid on his services by the Sunday deadline, he was free to negotiate with any NBA team except the Lakers.
New York will pay him $1.7 million in 2013-14 with the Lakers paying off the remaining $7.7 million owed him, per Stavro.
"It's all about the players. The team is amazing. I'm excited to play and hustle. I'm excited to hustle for (Raymond) Felton, for Iman (Shumpert), for Tyson (Chandler), Melo (Anthony), (Amar'e) Stoudemire, coach (Mike Woodson). That's all it's about right now. It has nothing to do with New York the city. The only thing that's important is those players that I will be joining and touching the hardwood with. That's all that's important.
"I thought they had a lot of injuries this year. I don't think I'm a missing piece. I'm more honored to be playing with these players. That's what I really think."
The Lakers waived him by using their amnesty provision of the collective bargaining agreement to make way for $30 million in salary and luxury tax savings.
World Peace averaged 12.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists for the Lakers last season.
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