Metta World Peace Leaving NBA Next Year?
One day after being waived by the Los Angeles Lakers via the amnesty provision, Metta World Peace said he doesn’t want any NBA team to make a bid to pick him up off waivers. Not his hometown New York Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets. And not the Lakers’ Staples Center cohabitants, the Los Angeles Clippers.
“I don’t really want to play for anybody,” World Peace said Friday at the Lakers’ practice facility. “I don’t want to go anywhere. I want to go to China, or coach or play arena football.”
World Peace said he has spoken to Yao Ming about joining his former Houston Rockets teammate’s Chinese team, the Shanghai Sharks. He said he’s had conversations with representatives from “a couple other teams” in China, as well.
World Peace recently completed a trip to Beijing and Qingdao, which further fueled his idea of playing in China should he be waived. A league source told ESPNLosAngeles.com that World Peace has explored the option of playing in China through conversations with former NBA players who have made the leap, figuring out if the path blazed by the likes of Stephon Marbury, Steve Francis and Gilbert Arenas would be right for him.