It took a long time, but the Knicks have finally acknowledged that their drafting Frederic Weis was a mistake.
The Knicks picked Weis 15th, one slot ahead of the forward then known as Ron Artest. But on Monday, they agreed in principle, according to Yahoo! Sports’ ubiquitous Adrian Wojnarowski, to a two-year deal with the now-monikered Metta World Peace.
The agreement is being desscribed as for the remaining mid-level exception money this year, and a player option next year. That leaves vet minimum salaries for the Knicks to use on a backup point guard and backup center.
There’s a lot to like in both Peace’s game, and how it translates for the Knicks. He can guard threes or fours, freeing up Carmelo Anthony for less-arduous defensive duties. He rarely turns the ball over. He’s historically been a good passer, though his assist percentage dropped precipitously last week.
He’s a local product, Queensbridge, then St. John’s. Now he’s home.