LAS VEGAS – Metta World Peace says he will be signing with the New York Knicks.
Team officials at the NBA summer league in Las Vegas wouldn’t confirm the move, but World Peace says he is excited to join Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks.
“The team is amazing, the players. I’m excited to play and hustle,” he said Monday while attending the summer league in Las Vegas.
While no official announcement was made, World Peace’s agent Marc Cornstein was clear about what team his client would be joining for next season.
“Yes, this is going to happen,” Cornstein said. “He’s really excited to be joining his hometown team. That’s obviously been something that’s been a dream of his since growing up in Queensbridge.”
World Peace was waived Thursday by the Los Angeles Lakers, who used the amnesty clause to create salary cap space. The 6-foot-7 forward will still be paid the $7.7 million that was owed to him by the Lakers.
World Peace grew up in New York and attended St. John’s, when he was known as Ron Artest. In 14 NBA seasons with five teams, he has averaged 14.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
PACERS: Chris Copeland signed a two-year deal with Indianapolis on Sunday and he is getting right to work.
“Being in the NBA is just a blessing in the first place,” he said Monday. “Let alone the Knicks or here, two storied franchises, I think it’s a great opportunity to come here.”
It’s been a long road for Copeland, who played in Spain, Germany and Belgium and the NBA Developmental League. He signed with the Pacers after spending his rookie season last year with the New York Knicks as a 28-year-old. But even that contract wasn’t guaranteed.
With the Knicks, Copeland averaged 8.7 points on 47.9 percent shooting, including 42.1 percent from 3-point range.
KINGS: Sacramento announced the signing of free agent Carl Landry to a four-year, $26 million deal.
Landry is the first free agent to sign under new owner Vivek Ranadive, who had held a minority stake in the Golden State Warriors — where Landry played last season — until buying the Kings in May.
Landry played parts of the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons for Sacramento.
The 29-year-old power forward opted out of the final year of his two-year, $8 million deal with Golden State last month to become a free agent.
PISTONS: Detroit announced the signings of Italian forward Luigi Datome and guard Will Bynum.
The Pistons agreed about a week ago to a $3.5 million, two-year contract with Datome, who has played professionally in Italy since 2003. The 25-year-old Datome is 6-foot-8 and has been a member of the Italian national team since 2007.
Datome was named Italian League MVP with Roma in 2013, averaging 16.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
Bynum appeared in a career-high 65 games for Detroit last season.
HAWKS: New-look Atlanta signed two-time All-Star Elton Brand, picking up a player who can bolster the Hawks’ depth in the frontcourt and provide veteran leadership in the locker room.
The 34-year-old Brand averaged 7.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game last season with the Dallas Mavericks. He played in 72 games, with 18 starts.
While clearly not the player he once was, the Hawks intend to use the 6-foot-9 Brand in a backup role behind center Al Horford and power forward Paul Millsap.
Brand also has played with the Clippers and 76ers during his 14-year career.
GRIZZLIES: Memphis officially announced the signings of guard Tony Allen and forward Jon Leuer.
Allen agreed on July 3 to a four-year contract worth $20 million, keeping the nine-year veteran with Memphis.
The 6-foot-4 Allen scored 10.3 points and had 6.1 rebounds with 2 steals in the playoffs as Memphis reached its first Western Conference final.