Dec 10, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks small forward Metta World Peace reacts in the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks rumors: Metta World Peace likely to sign in China

For about a decade, Metta World Peace (formerly known as Ron Artest) was one of the premier defenders in the NBA. Some might have even ventured to say he was the best defender in the NBA.

Of course, those days are now long gone but the former St. Johns star, who most recently played for the New York Knicks can still ball. Granted, he’s nothing more than a serviceable bench player at this point of his career, but he is certainly worthy of a roster spot on an NBA roster.

But despite interest from the Knicks (among other teams), it appears as if the always eccentric World Peace will be leaving the States and heading across seas to play in China.

That’s the word from Metta World Peace himself, as he posted the news to his Twitter account.

We’ve seen other players who are in the twilight of their NBA career head to China where they not only make more money and play more minutes, but are instantly the best player in the league. Given that, it’s understandable as to why Metta World Peace may see China as a better opportunity to continue his basketball career outside of the NBA.

Of course, most players who have ventured abroad after playing in the NBA seem to miss playing in the league and tend to come back once their contracts have expired, though considering Metta World Peace is 35, he might be throwing away his last opportunity to play in the league.

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