Metta World Peace, formerly Ron Artest, who cleared waivers late Sunday afternoon after being amnestied by the Los Angeles Lakers, has found a new landing spot. World Peace said Monday that he was joining the New York Knicks because he wants to win. “I don’t care if I’m starting, or sweeping the floors. You hear me? I want to win,” he said.
The Knicks said the contract has not been signed but an agreement has been reached. The two came to terms on a two-year deal with the first year guaranteed, a league source told ESPNNewYork.com’s Ian Begley.
The deal is worth approximately $1.6 million per season with a player option for Year 2, the source said, adding that the Knicks used the remainder of their mini-midlevel exception to sign the former Laker.
According to the amnesty provision of the current collective bargaining agreement, the Lakers will owe World Peace $7.3 million in the coming season. While no official announcement was made, World Peace’s agent Marc Cornstein was clear about what team his client would be joining for next season.