Metta World Peace, Knicks Agree To Deal: REPORT [UPDATED]

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This March 25, 2011 file photo shows Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest celebrating after dunking the ball during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, in Los Angeles. | AP

Metta World Peace says he is heading to the Big Apple.

The New York Knicks and World Peace agreed to a two-year deal, A.J. Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported on Monday.

World Peace, a Queensbridge, N.Y. native, said on the MSG Network shortly after reports began to spread that he is joining the Knicks.

"It was simple for me. No need to look at the contract. What's the number? A dollar? Just give me the paper where I got to sign at," World Peace said during an NBA summer league game in Las Vegas. Team officials at the NBA summer league did not confirm the move, according to the Associated Press.

The 33-year-old, formerly known as Ron Artest, was amnestied by the Los Angeles Lakers last week after spending four years with the team.

Citing an unnamed source, Ken Berger of CBS Sports tweeted that World Peace and the Knicks agreed to a two-year deal worth approximately $3.2 million.

UPDATE: The Knicks said a deal with Metta World Peace has been agreed to but not signed, per AP.

More from the Associated Press:

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Metta World Peace says he will be signing with the New York Knicks.

Team officials at the NBA summer league in Las Vegas would not 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 NBA summer league games in Las Vegas.

World Peace was waived Thursday by the Los Angeles Lakers by way of their amnesty clause and cleared waivers Sunday night, thus becoming a free agent. The 6-foot-7 forward will still be paid the $7.7 million that was owed to him by the Lakers.

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.

. "It has nothing to do with New York, the city," World Peace said. "The only thing that's important are those players that I'm going to be joining and touching that hallway with, that's all that's important right now."

In 14 NBA seasons with five teams, he has averaged 14.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

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