The NBA deadline for buying out players who want to be playoff eligible has passed, but unlike Ben Gordon who was waived and not signed after the deadline, Metta World Peace was waived before the deadline and his status as being still unsigned is relevant only to his bank account.
Metta World Peace is still free to sign with whatever team he wants and will still be playoff eligible when he does so, but his choice of designations aren’t as glamorous as you’d think. While contenders may be able to use Metta World Peace, he’s apparently looking at joining the Detroit Pistons for the rest of the year.
"Free agent Metta World Peace, according to his brother, has some interest in joining the Pistons, despite being negatively linked with the franchise over the infamous brawl. The Knicks face the Pistons on Monday."
It’s not a guarantee that he’ll be joining the Pistons, as a true contender could come knocking and asks bout acquiring his services. Detroit isn’t a bad option, as the irony of Artest returning to The Palace to play for the Pistons won’t be lost on many — it’s just that they’re not the option we thought he’d roll with.