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Metta World Peace | Guard/Forward

Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/13/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 250
College: St. John's
Contract: view contract details

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Manny Pacquiao has expressed interest in recruiting Metta World Peace to his new Filipino professional basketball team.
He's expected to change his name to The Panda's Friend and tweeted out a bunch of T-shirts with his new name on Wednesday night. World Peace has agreed to a deal with Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association, so he won't be joining up with PacMan this season. Aug 29 - 9:23 AM

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Metta World Peace intends to change his name to "The Panda's Friend" in honor of his move to China.

World Peace plans to name himself after China's giant panda and recently posted on his Chinese Twitter-like Sina Weibor feed, "New Chinese name coming soon. You guys are going to love it!" The soon-to-be Panda Friend became the Chinese Basketball Association's highest-paid import player when he signed a one-year, $1.43 million with the Sichuan Blue Whales, but doesn't hold any fantasy value outside of leagues that award points-per name-change bonuses.
Source: China Daily
Aug 7 - 11:11 AM

Metta World Peace has agreed to a deal with the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association.

In an interview with reporters, the Blue Whales general manager said that World Peace has agreed to a deal for the 2104-15 season. This move likely signals the last the NBA will see of the artist formerly known as Ron Artest as he will turn 35 this fall. World Peace only played 29 games with the Knicks last season as he fought through a myriad of injuries and will now see his fantasy value limited to leagues that count CBA stats.
Jul 31 - 9:33 AM

Free agent Metta World Peace is reportedly close to signing with the Sichuan Blue Whales in the Chinese Basketball Association.

MWP struggled to earn minutes under Knicks coach Mike Woodson last season, and he wasn't picked up after being waived by New York in February. He'd undoubtedly be a popular figure in China if he does sign with the Blue Whales, but we've learned not to assume anything until Metta signs on the dotted line -- before signing with the Knicks last summer, he said that he might retire, play in China, or coach in the Arena Football League.
Jul 30 - 9:48 AM

The Knicks are interested in signing Metta World Peace.

MWP has been doing radio shows and posting entertaining tweets in the past year, so it's not clear how well he'd perform. He said he still has some left in the tank and he's not going to retire. We'll see how this plays out, but he won't be worth drafting in fantasy leagues.
Jul 19 - 5:12 PM

Metta World Peace took to his Twitter profile on Friday to announce that he is not considering retirement.

"No way in the world I am retiring. I'm too good," said World Peace. "Last year I had a consistent pre-season. I can't control what a coach does! I played very well in the Garden last year. I played well for the Lakers prior. Metta World will be back hard body next year." World Peace is currently set to be the assistant coach of a girls high school basketball team, but it seems apparent that he'd be more than willing to take an offer from an NBA team if the situation presents itself.
Jun 13 - 3:49 PM

Metta World Peace will be a girls high school basketball assistant coach next season.

He was bought out of his contract by the Knicks in February and has been a free agent ever since. There have been some rumors about World Peace possibly rejoining the Knicks now that his former coach Phil Jackson is the primary decision maker in New York. This is a very interesting choice for the man formerly known as Ron Artest, but he still intends to fulfill any NBA duties he may have.
Jun 12 - 5:04 PM

Metta World Peace has been bought out by the Knicks.

He'll hit waivers and is expected to become a free agent unless a team claims him. World Peace has interest from the Spurs and Clippers for now, but there will likely be other names popping up. He can be left on the wire in all leagues.
Feb 24 - 5:09 PM

If Metta World Peace is bought out from the Knicks, it's possible that he could sign in San Antonio according to local Spurs beat writer Mike Monroe.

There's a lot of speculation here, but it is possible MWP could make the move to SA. Peace has a good relationship with player development coach Chad Forcier from his days in Indiana, and with Kawhi Leonard still nursing a sore hand the Spurs may be looking for some depth at that position. From a fantasy perspective, MWP would have very limited value as a reserve in SA. There's nothing really concrete here, but we thought we'd just pass along the info.
Feb 23 - 12:17 PM

Metta World Peace took to Twitter on Saturday morning to announce that his agent is working on a buyout from the Knicks.

The artist formerly known as Artest also reports that a deal could happen at any minute, so it appears his run as a Knick has officially come to an end. MWP says he's healthy and has been highly frustrated with his lack of playing time in New York, so it should be interesting to see where he lands. He's not a must-own player with this news, but he at least deserves some attention depending on where he ends up.
Feb 22 - 11:32 AM

Metta World Peace is reportedly open to being traded from the Knicks due to his negligible role in Mike Woodson's rotation.

MWP may have angered Woodson during a recent practice, when he made a joke about his limited minutes, but World Peace's agent said he "[hasn't] been given an answer" why his client isn't playing. The report by the New York Post doesn't mention any potential landing spots for the veteran forward.
Feb 8 - 9:13 AM

Metta World Peace returned from an illness on Tuesday and had three points (a 3-pointer) on 1-of-4 shooting in just eight minutes.

He has no fantasy value right now and given the state of his knee, may not the rest of the season.
Jan 28 - 11:14 PM

Metta World Peace will not play on Sunday due to a stomach virus.

MWP said recently that his knee is healthy enough for him to play, but Mike Woodson is concerned about his conditioning and opted not to play him on Friday. The Knicks' veteran forward is averaging just 15 minutes in 23 appearances this season.
Jan 26 - 1:56 PM

Metta World Peace (knee) will dress for Friday's game against the Bobcats.

He was expected to return on Tuesday, but the Knicks need forwards in the worst way. World Peace might just be active as an emergency, so fantasy owners shouldn't necessarily expect him to play.
Jan 24 - 5:48 PM

Metta World Peace (knee) is targeting a return to the lineup on Tuesday night against the Celtics.

He said his knee feels great and doesn't want to rush back to play against the Lakers on Sunday. World Peace had a two-hour workout and did some shooting drills on Wednesday. He's also been on social media saying he's not in the best shape. Fantasy owners can leave him on the wire.
Jan 22 - 8:03 PM

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