Sam SpiegelmanThe New York Knicks-Metta World Peace divorce did not go that smoothly. Just ask Daniel Artest.
However, the forward formerly known as Ron Artest in interested in returning to New York now that his former head coach Phil Jackson is running the operation.
World Peace approached Jackson’s Staples Center suite during halftime of the blowout to speak with the Zen Master. Afterwards, a source told the New York Post World Peace is “abso-bleeping-lutely” interested in returning to the team this summer.
World Peace spent four seasons in Los Angeles, two of which with Jackson on the sidelines, including the 2009 NBA Championship run.
According to the report, World Peace is looking for a deal worth the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million. The Knicks cut ties with him a little over a month ago after his tenure with the team was marred by a knee injury, but World Peace told The Post he is able to play two more seasons and asked for his buyout because he was told not to be a leader in the locker room.
The question is whether the Knicks have a mutual interest in World Peace. There’s no indication of how Jackson will assemble a roster in the offseason, only that he’ll do his best to retain Carmelo Anthony.