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Report: World Peace Wants To Reunite With Jackson, Knicks

Veteran Defensive Stalwart Received A Buyout, But Would Gladly Return For Some Zen
Metta World Peace  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Metta World Peace (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — If Metta World Peace knew then what he knows now there’s probably little chance he would have forced a divorce from the Knicks.

The veteran forward, who received a $250,000 buyout from the team a little more than a month ago, is apparently interested in rejoining the Knicks next season, the NY Post reported Thursday.

Why? It’s simple.

Phil Jackson.

World Peace was discouraged by how the Knicks were using him, which in all fairness wasn’t that much, so he asked to be released. However, a member of the World Peace camp told the Post he never would have if he had known that Jackson, whom he won an NBA title with back in 2009-10 as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, would be taking over total control of basketball operations for the Knicks.

“Abso-bleeping-lutely,” a source told the newspaper, when asked if the former Ron Artest — and St. John’s star — would want to re-sign with New York.

Jackson apparently likes World Peace’s style of play, but it is unknown if the new Knicks president would green light his return.

World Peace, who spent four seasons with the Lakers, reportedly met with his former head coach on Tuesday while the Knicks were getting flattened by the Lakers at Staples Center.

World Peace, who has played 14 seasons in the NBA and has developed a reputation as one of the league’s better defensive forwards, is looking for a one-year, $1.4 million contract, the Post reported.

He played in 29 games with the Knicks this season, averaging 4.8 points and 2.0 rebounds.

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