December 25, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) controls the ball against the defense of Los Angeles Lakers small forward Metta World Peace (15) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Metta World Peace, New York Knicks Share 'Strong Mutual Interest'

The Los Angeles Lakers waived Metta World Peace via the amnesty clause and today we learned that the eccentric forward has passed through waivers and is now officially a free agent. While no one is completely sure what is going through World Peace’s mind and whether or not he really wants to play in the NBA this season, there is at least one team that has a strong interest in the new free agent.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

The New York Knicks and World Peace have a strong mutual interest, league sources said. The Lakers must pay the balance of World Peace’s contract – $7.7 million for the 2013-14 season – but it doesn’t count against the franchise’s salary cap.

World Peace is from Queens, New York, so he would obviously be close to home if he ended up playing for the Knicks. Signing World Peace would also add a solid perimeter defender to the Knicks roster and additional help for Carmelo Anthony.

If the Knicks do not end up signing World Peace but he still decides he wants to play in the NBA, then keep an eye out on the Los Angeles Clippers. There is a belief that World Peace would like to stay in Los Angeles so that he does not need to relocate.

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