Metta World Peace to sign with Chinese team

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The man formerly known as Ron Artest took to twitter to announce his next basketball move and it’s as wild as a young Artest in Detroit’s Palace of Auburn hills circa 2005.

Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) is going to China.

The deal has not been finalized yet but if history of NBA veterans going to China has any way of repeating itself then World Peace will sign a one-year contract worth about $1 million USD.

Metta World Peace’s NBA resume is quite impressive. In 14 seasons in the Association, he’s earned one NBA championship (2010, big bucket against Phoenix during conference finals), one NBA All-Star game (2010), one NBA defensive player of the year award (2004), and the most intense basketball brawl we have ever seen (Malice in the Palace, 2005).

The Chinese Basketball Association is not a league for players with short tempers. Basketball will certainly not be Metta World Peace’s biggest challenge. He will be tested mentally trying to deal with shady referring and strange on court antics by the Chinese players.

Like most ex-NBA players and especially the ones who played alongside national hero Yao Ming, Metta World Peace will be an instant star in the league. He also has a shoe deal with Chinese shoe company PEAK.

Take a look at Metta World Peace’s visit to China in 2009.

Nick Bedard (@bedardnick) is the editor-in-chief of

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