It was mean to happen. At some point, Ron Artest, currently known as Metta World Peace, was supposed to play for his home-town New York Knicks.

Better late than never.

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Metta World Peace has reached agreement on a two-year, $3.2 million contract with the New York Knicks, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The second year of the deal is a player option, a source told Y! Sports.

World Peace and his agents met with Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald and coach Mike Woodson on Monday in Las Vegas and agreed to the deal in the meeting, league sources said.

Publicly, World Peace is still insisting he’s considering other options, including China, but league sources told Y! Sports he’ll be joining the Knicks next season.

Reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports 

World Peace, or Artest, or whomever, should definitely help the Knicks, adding depth, defense, toughness, and the ability to give fun, wacky post-game interviews.